News Flash: Bruce Forsyth steps down from hosting Strictly


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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.

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Vincent

Vincent Simone proposes to girlfriend Susan

Ex-Strictly Come Dancing star Vincent Simone is getting ready to waltz down the aisle after popping the question to his girlfriend on Christmas Day. The Italian dancer said proposing to Susan Duggan - with whom he has two children - was "emotional".

"I went with my heart on the spur of the moment on Christmas morning and gave her a Christmas card in which I wrote: 'Will you marry me?,'" he told Hello! Magazine. "I am a bit of a showman and had hoped to do something spectacular but both Susan and myself have travelled and lived exciting lives so I thought perhaps the most surprising gesture of all would be to do something understated in our cosy home on Christmas Day.

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Michael

Sport Relief Bake Off reveals celebrity bakers

Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton, singer Michael Ball and actress Samantha Bond are among the celebrities competing in The Great Sport Relief Bake Off this month.

Judged by cookery writer Mary Berry and master baker Paul Hollywood, 16 celebrities will compete across four shows on BBC Two from 13-16 January. The other celebrity bakers include broadcasters Emma Freud and Johnny Vaughan, Dancing On Ice judge Jason Gardiner, and actresses Jane Horrocks and Doon Mackichan.

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Lisa

Lisa Riley: Strictly was my lifeline

Lisa Riley says her time on last year's Strictly Come Dancing helped her to cope with the heartbreak of her mum's death. The former Emmerdale star also said that despite her mum having died of breast cancer, she wouldn't be having any genetic testing done because she liked to live for today, as her mum did, too.

She said: "Me and mum were carbon copies of each other. She was the life and soul and would never have wanted me to sit and throw my head in a pillow and cry, but I was dying inside.

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Vincent

Vincent turned down SCD for I'm A Celebrity

If fans thought that all of this year's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here campers had already made it to the jungle, they were wrong as two new celebrities will soon be entering.

One celeb who has decided to leave the UK behind for a couple of weeks is former Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Vincent Simone who has admitted that he declined the offer of appearing on the Christmas special of Strictly to appear on I'm A Celeb.

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Vincent Simone in I'm a Celebrity 2013

Dancer Vincent Simone is confirmed as a contestant for I'm a Celebrity 2013. The 34-year-old Italian is a professional dancer, best known for his time on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

His first celebrity partner on the programme was soap star Louisa Lytton and two years later he made it to the final with singer Rachel Stevens, losing out to Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup. Simone's professional dance partner Flavia Cacace announced that neither of them would be taking part in this year's Strictly, due to "lots of new projects ahead."

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Lisa

Lisa loosens up about booze problem

Actress and former Strictly Come Dancing favourite Lisa Riley admits she drank herself “into oblivion” to cope with the pressures of fame in her youth.

Lisa, 37, who is releasing her new autobiography Never Judge A Book By Its Cover, recalls struggling to cope with the spotlight after landing her popular role as Mandy Dingle in soap Emmerdale.

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Erin

Erin's Happy News

Strictly's Erin Boag reveals the real reason she's not on this year's show.

I can't keep it covered up any longer... There's been much speculation about my absence from this year's Strictly Come Dancing, but I can now reveal the real reason why I turned down appearing on this year's show... Yes, I'm truly excited and delighted to say… I'm pregnant! My husband Peter and I are expecting the arrival of our first child in the spring of next year.

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Denise

Denise backs Natalie over experience 'scandal'

Denise Van Outen has spoken out in defence of Natalie Gumede after the former Coronation Street star was criticised for appearing on Strictly Come Dancing despite having previous dance experience.

Denise faced similar flak last year when she appeared on the TV dance competition due to her stage experience – which included playing the part of Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago.

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Kimberley

Kimberley Walsh is ready to start a family

Kimberley Walsh has revealed that she wants to start a family soon. The Girls Aloud singer also added that she is ready to tie the knot with her partner Justin Scott.

She told Hello magazine: “We're both really broody. Friends laugh at us and say we're the best babysitters, which we are. “I really don't think it's going to be long now.”

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Vincent

Vincent Simone welcomes baby boy

Strictly Come Dancing professional Vincent Simone and his partner Susan Duddy welcomed their second baby boy on Thursday. Vincent and former flight attendant Susan are already parents to a four-year-old son named Luca.

"He's absolutely gorgeous," said Vincent. "Susan, Luca and I are over the moon." "Luca is very excited to have a younger brother," added the proud new dad.

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Denise Van Outen and James Jordan

James 'Comforted' Denise During Split

Strictly Come Dancing professional James Jordan has revealed how he has been there to help his former dance partner Denise Van Outen during her split from husband Lee Mead.

The TV personality and her hubby broke it off because they apparently “fell out of love”. Denise is said to be desperately fighting to mend her marriage.

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Vincent: 'Strictly has staying power!'

Strictly Come Dancing pros Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone have said that the show can go on for many more years.

The professional dancers - who have tangoed their way out of the up coming series of Strictly - reckon the BBC dance show is still a must-watch, amidst host Sir Bruce Forsyth blaming the lack of celebrities for the previous ratings slump and competition from ITV rival The X Factor.

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Lisa Riley to host Strictly red carpet show

Former Strictly Come Dancing contestant and Emmerdale actress Lisa Riley is to host a special programme for BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button from the launch of the 2013 series.

The dance contest returns this autumn with a spectacular red carpet extravaganza to launch the series, and for the first time viewers and fans of the Saturday night show will get to go behind the scenes at the event, thanks to a special programme.

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Ola

You're not Strictly VIPs, dancers told

As stars of Strictly Come Dancing, they have become two of the show’s most recognised figures. But husband and wife hoofers James and Ola Jordan have waltzed into a bizarre dispute over their celebrity status.

Are they A-listers, B-list or a merely humiliating C? The row began after James, 35, decided to give Ola, 30, a treat — a brand-new open-top Mercedes SLK roadster.

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Robin

Strictly star Robin Windsor proposes

Strictly Come Dancing is to have its first gay wedding – and host Bruce Forsyth is set to give a speech. Professional dancer Robin Windsor proposed to his boyfriend Davide Cini during a trip to New York.

Former Emmerdale actress Lisa Riley, Robin’s celebrity partner on last year’s Strictly, was with them when he popped the question on a helicopter ride.

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Craig mocks Louis Walsh

Craig Revel Horwood thinks Louis Walsh would be ''dreadful'' on 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The 'X Factor' judge has claimed he will be taking part in the BBC talent contest when he leaves the talent search programme next year after 10 years, and his BBC rival says it would be a ''sensible'' move for Louis - because it could ''get him a career''

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