Strictly Come Dancing: Who’s going to replace Sir Bruce Forsyth?

As Brucie announces plans to leave the BBC1 competition, we look at the contenders who could be in line to fill his dancing shoes


After 10 years of tap-dancing around the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom, Sir Bruce Forsyth has announced plans to call it a day. But who will replace the 86-year-old performer when the show returns to BBC1 this autumn? Well, we’ve put our thinking caps on… 


Anton Du Beke

How smug would Anton be if he got the presenting gig on Strictly Come Dancing? The professional dancer has always been desperate for more time in the spotlight. Plus he already knows the ins and outs of the competition so his induction day would be pretty easy… 

Claudia Winkleman

Claudia already presents the results show on Sundays, and covers for Bruce when he’s on holiday or feeling poorly, so she’s a dab hand at finding her way around the Strictly dance floor (as long as her heels aren’t too high…) Might the BBC be about to make her contract a permanent one? 

Matt Baker

BBC presenter Matt Baker would fit right in on Strictly. He started his career on family friendly show Blue Peter – and he was a runner up on Strictly himself. The 38-year-old competed in the eighth series with professional partner Aliona Vilani and finished in very respectable second place. But could he handle The One Show, Countryfile and Strictly?

Graham Norton

The Irish charmer is used to rubbing shoulders with the stars on his BBC1 chat show. Plus he loves the Eurovision. Surely that means he’d excel on Strictly. Plus he’s got judge Craig Revel Horwood’s vote. He told “I think Graham Norton would be a good choice.”

John Barrowman

Singer, dancer, Doctor Who actor. Honestly, is there nothing John Barrowman can’t do? The super smily star would be in his element as the host of Strictly Come Dancing. As long as he could manage to let the celebrities share his spotlight…

Zoe Ball

Strictly: It Takes Two presenter Zoe Ball could easily make the transition to the live shows. She’s already completely immersed in the world of Strictly. And she competed in the third series. Heck, her dad even competed last year!

Vernon Kay

Perhaps Tess Daly will get a say in who her next co-host is… The obvious option? Her husband and Splash! presenter Vernon Kay. Diving’s just like dancing, right?

Lisa Riley

Bubbly Lisa Riley was a fan favourite during her time on the Saturday night dancing competition. And we’re sure viewers would tune in every week to watch her infectious enthusiasm during the live shows. Just as long as she fell off a chair again every once in a while. 

Steve Jones

Welsh TV presenter Steve Jones first found fame on T4 and most recently presented BBC3 reality TV series Hair (it’s like Bake Off, but for… hair). He’s dabbled in the world of Saturday night entertainment on The X Factor US before being replaced by Khloe Kardashian, so there’s no doubt he’d be keen to give it another go. 

Dermot O’Leary 

Perhaps ol’ Derms is bored of Simon Cowell’s talent competition and fancies moving over to the BBC? He’s certainly up for trying new things at the moment after a turn presenting Channel 4’s Space Season. Plus we know he loves a boogie. If you ask us, the Dermot Dance was the best bit about The X Factor 2012.

Who do you think should replace Brucie? Let us know in the comments box below…