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Friday, April 04, 2014
Sir Bruce Leaves Strictly
Sir Bruce Forsyth is stepping down from presenting the main series of Strictly Come Dancing, the BBC have announced this afternoon. He will still be involved in pre-recorded specials.
In a statement, Sir Bruce 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 am very proud of what the show has achieved and confident it will entertain the nation for many years to come. I am also delighted that by presenting the Christmas and Children in Need shows I will continue to have a strong association with Strictly. In addition, I am looking forward to the specials planned with the BBC as well as some live theatre shows, so before anyone asks.... I am not retiring quite yet!”
You approach a celebrity. He says no. You ask his girlfriend. She also says no. Who's next? His mum.
That is reportedly the approach Strictly bosses are taking with tennis player Andy Murray, who are thinking of asking Andy's mum Judy to participate.
TellyMix.co.ukreports that a source told The Sun On Sunday: “Judy would be great. It’s wonderful that she’s such a fan. Kim has declined in the past. We would love a Murray in some form.” Former tennis player Andrew Castle, who competed himself in series 6 of Strictly Come Dancing, told the paper: "She’s a huge Strictly nut and would love to do the show. I reckon she’d surprise people. I’m sure she’s got the moves. Andy would be supportive but might be embarrassed and have to watch through his fingers."
BBC bosses are reportedly keen on signing former Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan for Strictly in 2014. The Daily Mirror reports that a source told The Sun On Sunday: "Strictly needs some glamour for the next series and Helen has it by the bucketful. She was a huge success on I'm A Celebrity... and there is no doubt that she will pull in lots of viewers if the BBC do manage to get her signed up. There are talks going on at the moment and fees are being discussed."
The Only Way Is Essex star Joey Essex would consider doing Strictly, but would rather do something like break-dancing. Female First reports that her told The Sun: "I love to dance but I want to do more cool dancing. Maybe I should go on it and mix it up and do a bit of break-dancing. I've never watched it that much, but I've seen it. I think I could easily pull off one of their outfits. They're the ones with the diamonds, aren't they? I'd look sick in that."
Strictly Come Dancing is to be awarded a special BAFTA award at the Academy's craft awards ceremony next month. The award recognises Strictly's outstanding creative and technical achievements. Strictly's series director Nikki Parsons told BBC News: "We have extremely talented and creative people at every level on the team, working hard to deliver the highest quality of live television each week and I am very proud to be a part of it. Everyone gives 110% to give the show the highest possible production values throughout every series, so it is an honour for us to be recognised for our contribution to the huge success of Strictly over the last 10 years." BAFTA chairman Andrew Newman said: "This award is to honour those craft people who bring a show that entertains millions each week to life. The team of talented individuals across many departments such as lighting, costume, cameras, hair and make-up, music, direction and editing - to name a few - are directly responsible for the format's success and we congratulate everyone involved."
Sophie Ellis Bextor: Strictly Was "Completely Terrifying"
Sophie Ellis Bextor has revealed that Strictly was the scariest thing she has done in her career, and now puts other things into perspective. She told the Sunday Express: “It was completely terrifying – easily the scariest thing I've ever done. I never got to the point where I thought, ‘OK, I can do this,’ but I loved learning a new dance each week. The thrill of starting something on a Monday and performing it live on a Saturday was insane. You were on a permanent high, running on all this adrenaline. Anything I've done subsequently I think, ‘I can’t get nervous about this when I've had to do a paso doble on a live show.’”
In 2007, Alan Titchmarsh said he was too busy for Strictly. In 2014, he's still turning it down. He told the Daily Express: "You should see what I turn down. They keep asking me to do Strictly and I would love to - I can move and I'd have expert coaching, being married to a dancer, but I just haven't the time. If the TV work all dried up tomorrow I could hardly complain. I would still garden and still write. As long as I can lift a pen I'll never retire." Why do so many celebrities brag about turning it down? Either do it, or don't.
Sir Bruce Forsyth is meeting with BBC bosses next month to discuss his future with Strictly.
Controller of BBC One, Charlotte Moore, indicated that perhaps the BBC might go another way. She told the Daily Mirror: “He is not young and has missed a couple of programmes. So it is really important to have that conversation... Strictly is a phenomenon of British television and very robust. But it isn’t about one presenter."
Sounds to me like the BBC equavalent of "we need to talk".
But a BBC insider indicated that this is normal procedure: “Every year about this time we speak to Bruce about the following year and his contract. This is nothing new.”
Apparently Victoria Beckham loves Strictly Come Dancing, because it brings her whole family together.
The List reports that Kristina Rihanoff revealed the news in an interview with the Sun On Sunday: "I had the pleasure of talking to Victoria and I just found her so lovely. She was asking me a lot about the show. She knew so much about how I had done with my partner Ben Cohen. I was a little surprised actually. She knew if he'd had a good week doing ballroom and a bad week the next. Very specific stuff. For example, she said she liked his lifts which shows she must really be paying attention! It was nice to know she is watching with her family. She was very sweet about her family spending quality time together for Strictly. "
Hollyoaks actor James Sutton has revealed that he loves Strictly, although he doesn't think he'd be good enough to participate.
He told Yahoo!:"I don't mind shows where you get to learn a skill. I love Strictly Come Dancing. It's fabulous! That's a wonderful show. I'm not sure I'd ever do it because I think I'd be pretty crap at it."
He also thinks it's better than other reality shows: "I watched that Splash! thing that [Hollyoaks co-star] Gemma Merna was in. I thought that was a bit bizarre to be honest. There was an awful lot of talk and not a lot of diving. But I love the Strictly stuff."
Actor Nick Frost, star of upcoming dance movie Cuban Fury, thinks he'd be too good and too expensive for Strictly Come Dancing. He told mancunianmatters.co.uk: "They probably couldn't afford me, and technically I'd be too good. I would be good at salsa but ruined when it came to the American Smooth. It's the only time in the week, other than Sunday lunch, when we sit as a group and watch Strictly. My mother-in-law would be pissed off if I stopped that and actually went on it!"
Could actress Daniella Westbrook already be lined up for this year's Strictly? The Metroreports that a source told The Sun: "Despite the sad start to the year [splitting from her husband], she knows ending it with the glamour of Strictly would be perfect."
The report claims that Daniella has been encouraged to participate by James Jordan, who is a friend.
Turner prize-winning potter Grayson Perry would like to be invited to take part in Strictly.
The Daily Express reports that Grayson told the Radio Times: "I keep getting asked to do all those reality shows but I always say no. But I would love to do Strictly." Grayson, who is famed for cross-dressing, would only do it in men's clothes, though: "I'd do it as a man, obviously."
Dave Myers has revealed that he was not approached to take part in the Strictly Come Dancing Live tour, which is currently touring the county. He told the Radio Times: “I wasn't blooming asked!”
Karen is dancing with Nicky Byrne on the tour: "I suspected they wanted someone young and good-looking who could dance."
Dave has very fond memories of the show, though: “Everyone goes on about the ‘Strictly family’. There wasn't a sense of competition, well, certainly by week seven when I left it hadn't kicked in, if it did kick in. You’re competing against yourself. It was lovely to be part of... Everyone on Strictly was on because they wanted to be. It wasn't because their careers were flagging, it certainly wasn't for the money, it was because everybody was very excited to be asked.”