By Tom Dillane and Anna Whyte
The ACT MP will be donating all the money he raises on Dancing with the Stars to the Kidsline charity
Source: 1 NEWS
He works 80 to 90 hours a week, has no dancing ability, and doesn't sleep as it is, yet David Seymour thought joining Dancing with Stars was a good opportunity for a hobby outside politics.
There was also the main incentive, of raising funds for Kidsline - which every dollar of his ballroom stint will go towards.
But the ACT MP is well aware these funds may come at a personal cost.
"Once I was accused of dancing, but I was actually just staggering to the other side of the room," Seymour says.
He said on another occasion, he attempted to dance but a friend of his said to him, "Bro, no wonder you're white."
But the Kidsline charity trumped any risk of minor embarrassment.
"I'm a former Kidsline buddy, I volunteered there, I'm going to raise a lot of money for Kidsline, especially in the age where kids face so much complex pressure and need support from organisations like Kidsline more than ever, so every dollar's going to them."
And there's other positives too.
"I think it's actually important that MPs get out there and do a bit of exercise, and have an interest in a hobby outside work," he says.
"Because you can become a very bland individual so why not spend 15 hours a week doing something a little different. I work 80 or 90 (hoours) a week, and I'm going to do 15 on this."
Asked how he would fit in sleep, Seymour wasn't phased: "I don't really fit in sleep that much now so I don't see why that would change."
Of his partner, Seymour either didn't know yet, or wouldn't disclose details.
"I just hope that she's going to be highly professional and good at dancing and very patient and good at teaching."