Who Will Replace Bruce Forsyth On Strictly?
Last week, Sir Bruce Forsyth announced his departure from Strictly Come Dancing after 10 years and 11 series of hosting the popular celebrity dancing competition.
The 86 year old ended years of speculation but confirmed that he will still host both the Christmas and Children in Need specials that have become a staple in the Strictly cycle.
The decision hasn’t come as a major surprise, but it is still marks an end of an era for Saturday night entertainment. With co-host Tess Daly poised to stay on with the show, rumours are now circulating as to who will replace the TV legend when it returns to our screens later this year?
Here are some of the names that we wouldn’t be surprised to have been suggested at the BBC headquarters.
Firstly a natural replacement would be Claudia Winkleman who has been the co-host of the Sunday night results show for the last couple of years.
Last series she filled in for Bruce on the main show on a number of occasions and proved a hit with the viewers. She also presents a number of BBC programmes such as Film and The Great British Sewing Bee, meaning that she is already familiar with a variety of different audiences.
Plus by having Claudia take over it would provide viewers with much needed continuity if the show wants to remain the most popular entertainment programme in the UK.
But does the BBC really want two females anchoring their biggest show? Well if Ant & Dec can alternatively do so on ITV, why can’t their rivals give it a try?
Two other names that could be suggested are fellow BBC mainstays Graham Norton and John Barrowman. Both of them have proved reliable in the past with presenting Saturday night programming and have built up a loyal following in their respective fields.
Graham could provide his comedic wit which he has become extremely popular for on both his talk show and previous Andrew Lloyd Webber competitions, whereas John could provide his showmanship which will no doubt gel nicely with the glitz and glamour that is Strictly.
Pro dancer Anton Du Beke has quietly be campaigning for this position for years and has somewhat of a similar presence to Bruce Forsyth.
He is known for his classic charm and light hearted nature, but is that enough to carry a two hour programme for 3 months of the year? Would his hiring be a bit too predictable…
Another interesting suggestion is Pointless host Alexander Armstrong who is a comedian turned actor turned TV presenter. His quiz show has built up a cult following over the years and we could imagine him being a natural if given this job!
Tess Daly’s husband Vernon Kay is worth a mention as well. Mostly due the fact that a husband and wife presenting duo could provide a nostalgic feel for viewers?
However for some reason we can’t see this idea catching on with the general public due to the fact that most of Vernon’s shows have failed to catch on except for All-Star Family Fortunes which is more popular due to the classic quiz format and not specifically the host… Sorry Vernon!
Elsewhere TV legends Terry Wogan and Des O’Connor have been suggested. While these two could easily fit the Bruce Forsyth/older presenter with younger female formula maybe it’s time the BBC go in a different direction to ensure the longevity of their long running programme? However let’s not rule them out completely yet!
The list of possible replacements could be endless and we probably won’t get any confirmation until nearer the shows return. But one thing for sure is that this year’s Strictly Come Dancing will have a completely new vibe to it and it will have to go down a hit with the British public.
While people were quick to criticise Bruce over the last couple of years there’s no denying that he is still a national treasure whose presence will be missed on the ballroom show. Whoever the replacement is has definitely got big shoes to fill!
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Article By: Grant Savage