Winkleman takes over from Bruce Forsyth
The BBC’s entertainment correspondent, Lizo Mzimba said that, although Claudia Winkleman's appointment as host of Strictly Come Dancing was "not a huge surprise", it marked "a hugely significant step" for the BBC. "The new Strictly line-up is a clear demonstration of the BBC's determination to feature more women, particularly in its primetime output," he said.
Claudia Winkleman is taking a key role at Strictly
Winkleman takes over from Sir Bruce Forsyth with the legendary presenter leaving after facing criticism about his age. At the age of 86, he increasingly found live television "very strenuous". She has been a part of the show since it launched in 2004, presenting the BBC Two spin-off show It Takes Two until 2011. She also presents the Great British Sewing Bee and Film 2014, as well as the Arts Show on Radio 2 in what has been a fruitful career with the BBC so far.
The show's 11th season saw Clancy emerge victorious in an all-girl final
Abbey Clancy was named the winner of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday (21 Dec.) night, earning her and professional dancer Aljaz Skorjanec the glitter ball trophy. Clancy emerged victorious from an all-female final, beting actress Natalie Gumede, newsreader Susanna Reid and singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor to the grand prize.
Clancy and ex-Corrie star Natalie Gumede were the best performers on the night
BBC Breakfast presenter Reid had been the bookie's favourite to take home the award, but after a valiant display from Clancy in the final episode of the season, the viewers at home voted Mrs Peter Crouch to be the Dancing Queen, also preventing Reid from being the third BBC presenter to win the contest. Clancy later called Strictly "the most perfect experience I've had" and her professional partner Skorjanec, who made his debut on the series this season, said: "I can't believe this; it's just mad."
Continue reading: Abbey Clancy Crowned 'Strictly Come Dancing' 2013 Winner
The beloved entertainer reckons he's still got a few good years in him.
After seven decades in entertainment, Strictly Come Dancing host and beloved entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth does not plan on retiring. He is however, consumed by altogether more grim thoughts. “I’m on borrowed time, there’s no getting away from it,” he said in a recent interview for the Mirror. “When I look at all my friends that have gone – Eric Sykes, Frankie Howerd. They’ve all gone.”
Sir Bruce Forsyth has spent over 70 years in showbiz.
Now that does sound like a bleak statement to make, but Forsyth isn’t at all depressed by the thought of his own mortality, as he continues: "When I look at some of my dear old personal friends and I look back, I think I’ve had 15 years more than him, 25 years more than him. I am conditioning myself so it’s not going to be a big surprise. It will just be, ‘OK, time to go’.
Continue reading: Bruce Forsyth On His Career, His Age And Making The Most Of Life
Bruce Forsyth has had to cancel his appearance on 'Strictly' this weekend after being diagnosed with flu.
Bruce Forsyth has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming Saturday show of 'Strictly Come Dancing' after suffering from a nasty onset of the dreaded flu.
It's rare for the 85-year-old entertainer to miss a day of work with his last absence from a show being in 2009 - a good record for someone of his age. However, the BBC has revealed that he is once again simply too ill to present the dance contest this week.
"Sir Bruce Forsyth has the flu and therefore isn't feeling well enough to present tomorrow's Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One," read a statement from the BBC. Don't worry too much though as the TV company also added, "The show looks forward to his return next week." Meanwhile, his place alongside Tess Daly has been temporarily usurped by Claudia Winkleman, whose usual post is the Sunday night results show.
Veteran entertainer doesn't think kids should be put through the show
According to The Sun, the veteran TV presenter was critical of Britain’s Got Talent, saying that Cowell was putting kids through an ordeal. They reported that he’s since told the radio station, “The thing I object to is, I don’t think they should put young children through such an emotional thing.” His interview did point out that Forsyth began in entertainment aged just 14, but he said in reply: “Yeah, but not on television in front of millions. That is the difference. Have a children’s Britain’s Got Talent and let all children be in it. There is nothing wrong with that at all. But to put them on at that time of the evening with millions watching and the emotion, that could be maybe a bit disastrous for a child and a memory that could not do them a lot of good.”
The first live show of the latest Britain’s Got Talent series took place on Monday (May 27, 2013), with Cowell commenting to dance troupe Youth Creation: “Someone, Mr Grumpy, said we shouldn’t have children your age on the show.” He also praised 11-year-old singer Arisxandra Libantino, saying: “I’d like to dedicate this one to Bruce.” Cowell’s apparently sick of people having a go at his shows, with one insider commenting “Simon is sick of people slagging off his shows. If anyone has a go he’s going to hit back at them live on air.”
Following his accusation that appearing on the show too young could have regrettable side effects, it appears as though there are few involved on BGT who care.
Britain's Got Talent was blasted by telly host and national treasure Bruce Forsyth this week, with the veteran host commenting on the "damaging" effect appearing on the show could have on children. Despite his words, it seems as though some people involved in this years show have failed to acknowledge Brucie's point, saying they see no potentially harmful side-effects of appearing in the show.
Speaking on Richard Bacon's 5 Live show on Monday (May 27), Brucie said that although he admires the format of BGT, he could never approve of having young children take part. He told Bacon, "To put them on that time of the evening with millions watching, the great big theatre and the emotions - it could be disastrous for a child."
On Monday's live BGT show, Cowell addressed the comments himself, referring to Forsyth as "Mr Grumpy," which is very rich coming from Cowell. Speaking after the performances of young performers Youth Creation and Arisxandra Libantino, who is 11-years-old, he said, "If you've got it, you've got it, who cares how old you are? It was one of the best performances of the night and I'd like to dedicate this one to Bruce."
Continue reading: BGT Finalists Aren't Shaken By Bruce Forsyth's Derogatory Comments
The legendary presenter also endorses some younger talent
British television legend Bruce Forsyth – current presenter of Strictly Come Dancing – has announced that children shouldn’t be allowed on Britain’s Got Talent.
"I don't think they should put children on that are too young. If you're going to do that, have a separate show. Have a children's show, British Children Have Talent," Forsyth told The Mail on Sunday. "To put little children through that kind of an ordeal, I think that is wrong. I think it was last year some poor little girl of about 11 was crying her eyes out on there. I don't think that's entertainment." BGT – hosted by Ant and Dec – has become one of the most popular shows on television as it pits contestants against each other in singing, dancing, magic tricks or even dog shows. Forsyth, too, has become a British staple over the years. Speaking of his return to Strictly Come Dancing, he added: "It's looking like I'll definitely be doing it and I'm looking forward to it." Forsyth recently revealed that he wants Ant & Dec to replace him on Strictly if he quits.
"So many people have been put in the frame, but I'd love Ant and Dec to do it. I think they'd do an amazing job," he said, fully endorsing the Geordie pair, who rose to prominence with their cheeky antics on Byker Grove and their musical styling as PJ & Duncan.
Continue reading: Bruce Forsyth Reckons Britain’s Got Talent Shouldn’t Include Kids
Veteran presenter wants to spent his last winters in warmer climbs
Bruce Forsyth could be about to jack it all in to move to pastures warmer, with Strictly Come Dancing possibly being put to rest with him at the helm, so that the 85 year-old can soak up the rays elsewhere during the cold UK winter months.
Speaking to the print version of The Radio Times, the veteran presenter grumbled “Look at this weather, I can’t even get out. It does make me depressed. I’m just back from Puerto Rico, where my wife’s family live and it’s 85C there. I don’t know why I came back to this stinking cold place. The winter has gone on for so long. We deserve a good summer.” He added “I would contemplate just doing six months a year in this country. If this is going to be our regular winter, I’m going to vanish in October and come back at the end of May.”
This would of course clash with when BBC reality dancing contest Strictly Comes Dancing takes place, but when that was put to him he replied: “Oh yes, but we’ll forget about that.” Cryptic! In the same interview, Forsyth also hit out at critics who poke fun at him for fluffing his lines. “How many newsreaders do you see making a slip?” He fumed. “It happens all the time live. But, of course, with it being me, and being 85, they call me a silly old fool. Any excuse.”
Continue reading: Is Sir Bruce Forsyth Retiring From Strictly Come Dancing?
Louis Smith was last night crowned this years Strictly Come Dancing champion, wowing both the audiences and the judges with his light feet to take home this years glitter ball trophy.
The 23-year-old Olympic silver medalist beat off competition from actress Dani Harmer, TV presenter Denise Van Outen and Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh in the much vied for final, making him the show's 10th victor. An overwhelmed, but still slightly jovial, Louis said after he was awarded this years title, "I can finally say I won something in the year 2012!"
With his fleet-footed rendition of the Charleston, Louis swept off the injury problems that have plagued him throughout the competition as though they weren't there, to perform a near faultless dance routine with his partner Flavia Cacace. The Olympian sustained a number of injuries throughout the show's 14-week run, including problems with his back - which limited the number of lifts he could perform - as well as a knee problem that he said would require surgery now the show is over.
Continue reading: Louis Smith Crowned King of Strictly Come Dancing
Innumerable accounts and reports of Jimmy Savile's sexual abuse with underage children, coupled with mismanagement on the part of the media and those around at the time have lead to one of the biggest scandals to hit the U.K.
Personal accounts of Savile are now being regaled almost as frequently as the sexual abuse stories themselves, and the latest high profile celebs to give their thoughts on the late and controversial entertainer are Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Bruce Forsyth.
At the height of their fame, The Beatles often came into contact with Savile, given his proximity to the stars, but he never invited them in after they'd offered him a friendly lift back. "When he'd gone we thought why doesn't he let us in, what is it, because most people would have let us in that we gave a lift to,' McCartney told the Independent, adding: 'We always thought there was something a little bit suspect." The Beatles also knew the limits on the highly charged sexual climate of the times, even if it seems a little obvious to us now. "We knew with under 16s it was illegal, so we didn't do it", he explained, adding, "There was a definite no-no involved in underage kids and that the Beatles had so many adult groupies it was never an issue."