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It’s official – Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will present Strictly Come Dancing.

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Breaking News: Sir Bruce Forsyth has quit Strictly Come Dancing

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Bruce and Tess Strictly 2013

Bruce and Tess Strictly Come Dancing

The news is true! The BBC has confirmed that Sir Bruce Forsyth has quit Strictly Come Dancing after 10 years and 11 series!

Many of us never thought we’d see the day that Brucie would quit Strictly – although I know many of you were fed up of him fluffing his lines and mumbling through the autocue. Not me though!

I for one did not want to see Brucie go – he brought a certain gravitas to the show and I don’t think his shoes can be easily filled.

The 86-year-old said it is the “right time to step down”.

He said: “After 10 wonderful years and 11 series I believe it is now the right time to step down from the rigours of presenting the Strictly live shows.

“I’ve always said that at the end of last series I was getting that feeling, ‘Is this the time?’,” Sir Bruce revealed.

“I’ve just been on my three month break in the Caribbean, I’ve been thinking about it all the time.”

He continued: “[Live television] takes its toll when you’ve been doing it for many years, it’s a pressure thing.

“But I’m not retiring, that’s the last thing in the world I want to do. This isn’t Brucie walking into the sunset.”

“I am very proud of what the show has achieved and confident it will entertain the nation for many years to come.”

Brucie said that telling Tess Daly the news was “like a boyfriend breaking up with his girl.”

Tess and Bruce

Tess and Bruce

“She was in tears and started me off a bit. It’s sad, I’ve loved doing it,” he said.

“But there are times when you look at yourself in the mirror and say, ‘Should you be doing this any longer? That was our biggest series last year that we’ve ever had so it’s a high to go off on.”

BBC One controller Moore said: “Sir Bruce Forsyth is one of the great showbiz legends of our time.

So who will replace him? Let’s have a look at the contenders.

Anton du Beke

Vernon Kay

Tess Daly along with Claudia Winkleman

Ronnie Corbett

Christine Bleakley

John Barrowman

Graham Norton

Len Goodman

Lisa Riley

Paddy Mcguinnes

There’s no announcement from Camp Strictly yet…so who will it be?

Abbey and Aljaz are crowned Strictly Come Dancing Champions 2013! Yes!

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Filed under: Abbey ClancyAljaž SkorjanecFinal Series 11

Abbey and Aljaz champions 2013 Strictly Come Dancing

Abbey Clancy and Aljaz Skorjanec have been crowned Strictly Come Dancing Champions 2013!


My favourites from the start have won and I couldn’t be happier. The right couple won on the night but I have to say I wasn’t completely sure they were going to win. I thought that Natalie really performed on the night with flawless dancing.

The final started off with a glitzy bang as the four female celebrities ascended from the rafters dressed to kill in red. There was a real sense in the air that the winner was not totally decided, even though we were led to believe that Susanna and Kevin from Grimsby had it in the bag.

Finalists 2013 Strictly Come Dancing

All four couples danced the judges choice,then the showdance, then one was knocked out and then the couples’ choice for the final dance.

Susanna and Kevin

Susanna and Kevin quickstep final Strictly Come Dancing

Favourite to win Susanna and Kevin opened the show with their Fred and Ginge inspired Quickstep to ‘Good Morning’. Susanna botched this one up a few weeks ago so she was keen to perfect it the second time round….and she did. Aside from her crazy facial expressions, she danced amazingly. The competition is on.

Craig 8, Darcey 9, Len 10, Bruno 10 = 37/40

Abbey and Aljaz

Abbey and Aljaz waltz final Strictly Come Dancing

Their waltz was just mesmerising and brought a tear (tears???) to my eyes. My heart was pounding and I was on the edge of my seat. ABBEY TO WIN I cried! A perfect score from the judges!

Craig 10, Darcey 10, Len 10, Bruno 10 = 40/40

Natalie and Artem

 Natalie and Artem cha cha fina Strictly Come Dancing

Hmmm next up was Natalie and Artem dancing their cha cha from week 1. I really didn’t like this dance, didn’t like the music and can’t stand her annoying facial expressions! Not a good start.

Craig 9, Darcey 10, Len 10, Bruno 10 = 39/40

Sophie and Brendan

Sophie and Brendan Viennese waltz final Strictly Come Dancing

Last up with the judges choice of dance was Sophie and Brendan dancing their musicals week Viennese Waltz. I loved this the first time around and I loved it this time. Soph always brings a unique style to whatever dance she does.

Craig 9, Darcey 10, Len 10, Bruno 10 = 39/40

Onto the Showdances. So much rests on giving the audience a good showdance – it can make or break you chances of winning that glitterball trophy. I don’t think we need mention the word puppet. Nuff said.

Susanna and Kevin

Susanna and Kevin showdance Strictly Come Dancing

Style: Slow, ballroom type dance to ‘Your Song’.

I see what they were trying to do. Understated, classy, elegant, neck swinging. But no, not a showdance for me. I think she lost the trophy riiiight there.

Abbey and Aljaz

Abbey and Aljaz showdance Strictly Come Dancing

Style: All guns blazing, rocky Paso/Tango type thing to Guns ‘N Roses Sweet Child O Mine.

This girl can do no wrong in my eyes and I really enjoyed her showdance. She looked incredible and really gave it everything. Still not the best showdance I’ve ever seen though! See I’m not totally biased!

Natalie and Artem

Natalie and Artem showwdance Strictly Come Dancing

Style: Tappy, old school with pole dancing to Steppin’ Out with my Baby.

Wow. Really enjoyed this dance. Her tap is amazing and you’ve got to love a bit of pole dancing on a Saturday night.

Sophie and Brendan

Sophie and Brendan showdance Strictly Come Dancing

Style: Cha Cha fun to I wanna dance with somebody by Whitney Houston

Again, Sophie brings her own style to the dancefloor. Great lifts, lots of fun!

Four become three

Sophie and Brenda fourth Strictly Come Dancing

Sophie Ellis-Bextor came in fourth place – ahh well done Sophie. I always thought her and Brendan would be the first to go. She’s been a fun and amazing contestant this year.

Now to the sharp end of the Strictly Come Dancing final!

The three remaining couples had one last chance to make us pick up the phone and vote for them – by dancing their favourite dance of the season.

Let’s go!

Susanna and Kevin

Susanna and Kevin paso final aStrictly Come Dancing

Ah the Paso Doble with Susanna looking foxy in red and Kevin from Grimsby with eyeliner – YES. This was one of my favourite dances of theirs and a great choice for their last dance. It was amazing!

Abbey and Aljaz

Abbey and Aljaz quickstep final Strictly Come Dancing

A quickstep to Walking on Sunshine – hmm not my favourite dance of theirs – I would have chosen soemthing more dark and suspenful. It was still great though. Have they done enough to win!? (Yes obvs).

Natalie and Artem

Natalie and Artem American Smooth final Strictly Come Dancing

Ah ah ahhmazing American Smooth from Nartem – flawless, perfect. They really have been great throughout the competition, but she just hasn’t connected with the audience.

So after all that Abbey and Aljaz were announced as winners of Strictly Come Dancing 2013! Totally deserved, brilliant!

Abbey and Aljaz Strictly Come Dancing Champions 2013

Abbey and Aljaz Champions 2013 Strictly Come Dancing

Listen to me talking about the final and Abbey winning on BBC Radio 5 Live – 12 minutes 50 seconds in!

Swinging to the Semis: Strictly Come Dancing quarter final review

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Oooooh, quarter finals week on Strictly Come Dancing! I am feeling a little bit doleful about not being in the studio this week, I must admit.

I’ve been emailing Ben Cohen pretty regularly to see if he wants to pop round to mine in his mechanic outfit to watch the show, see if that doesn’t inject a bit of the old razzle dazzle into proceedings, but I’ve not heard a thing in reply. I can only assume the bad weather this week has rendered his wi-fi connection out of action.

I think everybody – including Mark – agreed that it was his time to go last week, but that means we’re left with six really, really strong dancers at this point and they all need to bring it to the dance floor to dodge the dance-off. So, up first…


A front row view of musicals week; all the gossip from inside the studio in week 10 of Strictly Come Dancing

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Musicals week Strictly Come Dancing

A week’s a long time in the world of Strictly Come Dancing; I spent Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mourning the exit of Ben and Kristina – too soon, in my opinion – but by Thursday I was too excited about my upcoming Strictly visit to keep up my solemn expression.

Also, to be totally honest, it didn’t really go with the big hair and glam frock look I had planned for the bright lights of the studio!

As I was lucky enough to be there in the flesh this week, this isn’t my usual blog, but instead a few snippets of gossip and observations from the live show that you might enjoy. I’ve recently been chastised about my occasionally over rambly writing style, so these are just going to be the headlines; pow! Pow! Pow! Here we go…


Shock Exit as Ben and Kristina are voted out of Strictly Come Dancing!

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Filed under: Ben CohenMark BentonWeek 9 Series 11

Ben and Mark in dance off Strictly Come Dancing

Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff have been voted out of Strictly Come Dancing is a shock dance-off result.

I’m not saying Ben is the best dancer of the pack – but to be saved over Mark and Iveta; I have to say I am really surprised!

Both couples performed their routines again in the dreaded dance-off; Mark and Iveta did their Foxtrot to ‘It’s A Beautiful Day’ by Michael Buble, and Ben and Kristina performed their Charleston to ‘No Diggity’ by Minimatic.


Life’s a beach as Strictly Come Dancing returns from Blackpool – week 9 round-up!

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By Laura Edwards

So, the Strictly Come Dancing lot have returned from their seaside break, but the heat is still most definitely on.

I can’t remember the last series of Strictly when we had so many strong contenders at this stage of the competition. With Fiona gone (a controversial decision for lots of viewers), one of the ‘favourites’ is bound to be in the dance-off this week and so they all need to come out fighting. I know many of you will be switching over for the Froch/Groves match later on this evening, but the heavy-weight battle of the ballroom gets going right now!

Let’s get reeeeeeaaaaaady to rumba!


Fiona Fullerton and Anton Du Beke voted out of Strictly Come Dancing!

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Fiona and Mark bottom two Blackpool Strictly Come Dancing

Actress Fiona Fullerton and Strictly Come Dancing old guard Anton du Beke have been voted out of Strictly Come Dancing at Blackpool Tower.

Ahhh what a shame! I thought for sure that Mark and Iveta would go – not that I don’t love Mark of course!

Both couples performed their routines again; Mark and Iveta did their Jive to ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’, from Hairspray, and Fiona and Anton performed their American Smooth to ‘Come Fly with Me’ by Frank Sinatra. It was Mark’s second time in the dance-off after being in the bottom two last week, while this was Fiona’s first.


Towering performances all round as Susanna steals the Strictly Come Dancing show

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Filed under: BlackpoolWeek 8 Series 11

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Opening dance Blackpool Strictly Come Dancing

With teeth and glitter more dazzling than any illumination, Strictly Come Dancing hits the Blackpool Tower Ballroom!

Just a few comments about the opening number; firstly, why is Ola dancing with Aljaz? Where’s James? Is he now available for applications for a new partner? Secondly, what the beejeezus are those horrible flower numbers the celeb girls are wearing? Poor things! I don’t know about “Something for everybody”, but those are certainly ‘Outfits that flatter nobody’!

So, who’s first to hit the most famous floor in ballroom?


Backflips, gold catsuits and kilts – anything goes in the race to the Tower!

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By Laura Edwards

So, a SHOCK place for Abbey in the dance off last week!

Or was it? Any Strictly-phile will know that every series gives the judges a few chances to say “Well, I don’t know what the public are thinking…I’m stunned to see you in the dance off so early..”. The inevitable comments about it turning into a popularity contest instead of only being judged on dancing ability will also have regular viewers saying “Well…duh!”. Of course we like it when our favourites dance well, but we have to LIKE them too!

And here’s something I really, really like – Claudia back on on the Saturday night show. I miss her from ITT and a bit more of Claud and her shiny mane on the telly is always welcome. So, who’s up first to strive for their place I’m the Blackpool Ballroom (and, is this the most eager that anyone has ever been to go to Blackpool, ever? I went there a few months ago and found a pubic hair in my fish and chips, just FYI)?


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