Sir Bruce Forsyth will be returning for the very first episode of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.
The long-time host stepped down after last year’s series saying, “It comes to a time when you get to a stage and say ‘This is enough’”. His former co-host Tess Daly will now be joined by Claudia Winkleman, a familiar face on the show who has stepped in for Forsyth on occasion.
But while we already know Forsyth will be back for the Christmas special, as well as the Children in Need version of the show, we now know he’ll be back for the first show in this series, too. During this red carpet bash, we’ll find out which pro partner all of the celebrities will be dancing with.
He’s bound to have a few jokes up his sleeve. The show wouldn’t be quite the same without at least a few wisecracks from Brucie. And it sounds like he might even dazzle us with some of his dance moves.
“Well, it would be rude not to,” jokes a source close to the show. It’s a dancing show after all. We’re sure the judges have their number ten paddles all lined up.
Rumours that Forsyth is going to ceremoniously hand over the glitter ball trophy to the new hosting double act appear to be unfounded. “He’s never won the trophy,” laughs the source. He must be gutted. He’s been at all those finals…
The show is certainly shaping up to be a hit with fans as stars including Judy Murray, Scott Mills, Simon Webbe, Mark Wright, Jake Wood, Frankie Bridge and Alison Hammond sign up.
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC on Sunday 7 September