News Flash: Bruce Forsyth steps down from hosting Strictly

Strictly Come Dancing

Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly

Bruce: 'It was my decision completely'

There's been a lot of speculation surrounding his resignation from Strictly Come Dancing ever since it was announced last week, but Sir Bruce has finally addressed those rumours. The 86-year-old star, who has co-hosted the show with Tess Daly for ten years, has opened up about why he chose to walk away and how Tess reacted when he told her.

"It was my decision completely," he said during an interview with the Daily Mail. "The last show of the last series, I knew. "I walked back into the dressing room and looked at myself in the mirror and thought, 'Really? Why am I doing this any more? Is this really what I want to do?'.

To continue reading click here

Leave a comment

Anton

Anton Du Beke favourite to replace Bruce

After a decade hosting Strictly Come Dancing, Sir Bruce Forsyth has finally decided to hang up his disky bow and call it a day, which means the race to replace the 86-year-old in this year's series is on.

Bookmakers Paddy Power have already installed the BBC ballroom show regular Anton Du Beke as favourite to step into Sir Bruce's shoes and make him 7/4 to be the new co-host. Graham Norton and John Barrowman are second favourites at 9/2 with Claudia Winkelman third favourite at 6/1. Meanwhile, Gethin Jones, Ronnie Corbett and Vernon Kaye (husband of current Strictly presenter Tess Daly) are all at 8/1.

To continue reading click here

Leave a comment

Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly

Bruce: 'I'm not retiring yet!'

The BBC is reporting that Sir Bruce Forsyth has quit as the presenter of celebrity dance programme Strictly Come Dancing. The 86-year-old entertainer has been host of Strictly since it premiered in 2004. No replacement has been announced.

Sir Bruce's future on Strictly has been the subject of much debate in recent years and he missed a number of episodes in 2013 due to illness. The BBC says that Sir Bruce will continue to host one-off specials of Strictly at Christmas time and for Children in Need.

To continue reading click here

Leave a comment

Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly

Bruce Forsyth leaves Strictly after 10 years

Sir Bruce Forsyth is stepping down as presenter of the hit BBC1 series Strictly Come Dancing after a decade fronting the show. He said it was the "right time to step down from the rigours" of hosting the live shows which have become Saturday night ratings winners.

However he will continue to work on pre-recorded Strictly shows for Christmas and Children In Need as well as one-off BBC specials, and said he will also be performing in theatres.

To continue reading click here

Leave a comment

Strictly 11

SCD honoured with BAFTA Special Award

Strictly Come Dancing is set to be presented with the Special Award by BAFTA at this year's British Academy Television Craft Awards this April. The much beloved Saturday "phenomenon" will be honoured with the Special Award to celebrate the production team's technical teamwork and outstanding creativity, which has seen it deliver fantastic entertainment for ten years.

Andrew Newman, Chairman of BAFTA's Television Committee, said that the award commends the hard work and craftsmanship of the team behind Strictly, "Which has set new standards for talent and creativity both here in the UK and around the world".

To continue reading click here

Leave a comment

Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton

Is Rachel being lined up to replace Susanna

Ever since BBC Breakfast host Susanna Reid announced her defection to ITV's Good Morning Britain last week, rumours have abounded over who will replace her. And, if conjecture is to be believed, an early frontrunner to win her spot on the sofa is Rachel Riley - the Countdown host and Reid's fellow contestant on last year's Strictly Come Dancing.

According to a "BBC insider" speaking to the Daily Mirror, "Rachel ticks a lot of boxes and is in that stage in her career where she might be ready to try something new." After losing Susanna, the BBC know they have to hit back and ensure they can cling on to viewers."

To continue reading click here

Leave a comment

Fiona Fullerton and Anton du Beke

Anton 'to replace host Sir Bruce Forsyth'

Following hints Sir Bruce Forsyth could be set to call time on his Strictly Come Dancing run, Anton Du Beke has emerged as the favourite to take over.

Speculation that his days on the show are numbered has been fueled by recent comments from BBC One controller Charlotte Moore who revealed they would be holding talks with the veteran star next month.

To continue reading click here

Leave a comment

Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton

Susanna Reid quits BBC

BBC Breakfast presenter Susanna Reid has quit to join a new morning show that will replace Daybreak on ITV. Reid joined BBC Breakfast in 2003 and became one of its main presenters when the show relocated to Salford in 2012.

But she will now move to ITV's Good Morning Britain when it launches later this year. Her co-hosts will be Ben Shephard, Charlotte Hawkins and Sean Fletcher. Daybreak currently gets less than half the number of viewers of its BBC rival.

To continue reading click here

Leave a comment

Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton

Susanna Reid told to 'take a break

Susanna Reid has been given time off from BBC Breakfast amid the stress of her ­relationship breakdown. The presenter was due to front Monday’s show from Salford but bosses allowed her leave as pals fear she is ­struggling to cope with the fall-out of the split from Dominic Cotton, 47.

A source said: “Everyone here is really worried about Susanna in what is clearly a very testing time for her. The BBC Breakfast couch is a tough job and you have to be in the right frame of mind.”

To continue reading click here

Leave a comment

Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly

Strictly speaking, the Forsyth saga is ending

Bruce Forsyth may have danced his last waltz on Strictly Come Dancing. The presenter may not return for the next series but any departure would be mutually agreed.

Charlotte Moore, the controller of BBC1, said she would be talking to the 86-year-old, who has fronted the show since it began in 2004, when he returns from a holiday in Puerto Rico next month. “Yes, he is not young and has missed a couple of programmes. So it is really important to have that conversation.

To continue reading click here

Leave a comment

Dancing on Ice News

Dancing on Ice 2014

DOI 14 - And the winner is…Ray Quinn

From the moment Ray Quinn paddled across the ice on a surf board in his first dance of the last-ever final of Dancing on Ice he had the title won: he was Champion of Champions. Wearing just a pair of board shorts and his tattoos, Ray - with partner Maria Filippova - scored a perfect 40 with the routine.

"Hoo-Ray!" shouted juge Robin Cousins. "It's one thing to have bravado but you need to be able to back it up - and you can back it up." "If I could, it would have been an 11 from me," beamed Karen Barber.

To continue reading click here

Leave a comment

Dancing on Ice 2014

Sam narrowly misses out on DOI final

Actor Sam Attwater may have missed out on a place in the Dancing On Ice final, but having met his fiancee on the show he said he feels like the winner.

The former EastEnders star and his real-life partner Vicky Ogden lost the skate-off in the semi-final to competition favourite Ray Quinn and his partner Maria Filippov. It was the first time actor Ray has been in the skate-off, but it was Sam's fifth appearance - and the judges voted unanimously to send Ray into next week's grand final.

To continue reading click here

Leave a comment

Dancing on Ice 2014

Dancing on Ice semi-final roundup

The Dancing on Ice 2014 semi-final was an explosive show, filled with flying, tears and surprises - perfect Sunday night viewing.

Ray Quinn, Sam Attwater, Beth Tweddle and Hayley Tamaddon were determined to show off their ultimate skating skills in a bid to make it through to next week’s final, but with the added pressure of having to fly, it was never going to be a walk / skate in the park.

To continue reading click here

Leave a comment

Dancing on Ice 2014

Kyran Bracken's DOI dream is over

Kyran Bracken has missed out on a place in the Dancing On Ice semi-final after he becme the latest celebrity to be eliminated from the all-star series. The rugby ace had already survive two previous skate-offs, seeing off competition from Zaraah Abrahams and Suzanne Shaw.

However he was unable to make it third time lucky when he found himself in the bottom two alongside Sam Attwater. And after both had performed their 'save me' skates - with Kyran skating to Snow Patrol's Chasing Cars and Sam reprising his Riverdance routine - the verdict from the judges was unanimous.

To continue reading click here

Leave a comment

Dancing on Ice 2014

DOI quarter final roundup

As the show progresses, the Dancing on Ice judges and coaches keep raising the bar. And, don't you know it, the celebrity skaters just keep upping their game and tonight was no exception.

The five remaining contestants - Ray Quinn, Hayley Tamaddon, Sam Attwater, Beth Tweddle and Kyran Bracken - had to complete two routines and one of them was...dun dun duuuuun....all by themselves.

To continue reading click here

Leave a comment

Dancing on Ice 2014

DOI week 7 shock as Suzanne Shaw axed

Suzanne Shaw became the latest celebrity to skate off Dancing on Ice tonight (February 16*, after finding herself in the bottom two against Kyran Bracken.

The singer and actress suffered a shock defeat after winning a brilliant score of 37 points out of a possible 40 after her individual skate, putting her in second position on the leaderboard just behind Ray who got a clean sweep with a full 40 points.

To continue reading click here

Leave a comment

Dancing on Ice 2014

Ray Quinn’s top scoring routine

Dancing on Ice’s Ray Quinn scooped his second perfect score of the series – and left judge Karen Barber in tears in the process.

The former X Factor singer and actor gave an emotional performance to Ed Sheeran’s Lego House, skating beautifully with partner Maria Filippov. For their effort, the pair got only the second 40 of the series, after previously scoring 40 for a sexy flamenco routine in week four.

To continue reading click here

Leave a comment

Dancing on Ice 2014

Torvill and Dean gear up for emotional Bolero

Torvill and Dean are gearing up for an extra special performance tonight, as they get set to skate their iconic Bolero routine, 30 years after they won gold at the Winter Olympics.

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have been invited to Sarajevo to perform at the Olympic Hall Zetra (now Olympic Hall Juan Antonia Samaranch, after the former International Olympic Committee President) by the Mayors of Sarajevo and East Sarajevo and they have been practicing all day to ensure they recreate the magic of the routine the world fell in love with, back in 1984.

To continue reading click here

Leave a comment