Claudia Winkleman won’t be a dancing Strictly host like Sir Bruce Forsyth

New co-host says dancing and speaking at the same time will finish her off

Sir Bruce Forsyth might have liked a tap dance or two during his time as Strictly Come Dancing co-host, but new signing Claudia Winkleman isn’t so keen.


“It’s my knees. I can’t dance and speak at the same time. It will finish me off,” Winkleman tells the Mirror.

In fact, rather than seeing herself as Brucie’s replacement, Winkleman has decided that she’s going to be the new Tess Daly. “She will be Bruce,” Winkleman says of the long-standing hostess.

Perhaps Winkleman’s choice to avoid speaking while dancing means the traditional “keeeeep dancing” bit that Bruce and Tess did is on its way out? The ladies did do it when Winkleman was a stand-in host. But maybe it’s time for a new opening?

Maybe judge Bruno Tonioli could just fall off his chair on cue? It wouldn’t be the first time.

The two hosts apparently haven’t talked much about the series yet, but Winkleman is confident they’ll get on really well, even though she’s “terrified”.

“Maybe I will be in a corner grinding my teeth. I just want to be useful. If I am, then it will be fine.

“I am just saying don’t make me do any of the live chat. Just occasionally let me ask a question and read a phone number out. And that’s it.”


Strictly returns later this year with tennis player Andy Murray’s mum Judy among those rumoured to be taking part