The BBC has confirmed that Tess Daly will be joined by Claudia Winkleman for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Following the news that Bruce Forsyth has stepped down from the show, speculation has been rife as to who would take over his role. Tess will now step into Bruce’s shoes introducing the dances and gathering the judges’ comments whilst Claudia will host the post-dance interviews and reactions to the judges’ scores.
Tess and Claudia have presented the Sunday night results shows for the last three series and have presented the Saturday live show together when Bruce has had a week off.
Tess Daly: “I’m so pleased that I’ll be working with Claudia – she’s long been part of the Strictly family and I’ve loved doing the Sunday show with her. It’s really exciting having two women host the show, and we are great mates so there’ll be lots of fun to be had on and off the dance floor, and of course I’ll look forward to being reunited with Brucie for the Children in Need and Christmas shows.”
Claudia Winkleman: “I have loved Strictly since the second it appeared on our screens and I am honoured and thrilled to now be part of the Saturday night team. Working alongside Tess is always fantastic and I can’t wait to spend the weekends with her, our amazing dancers and the greatest judging panel on the planet. Sir Bruce is a living legend and we’ll all miss him very much.”
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