The BBC has confirmed that Claudia Winkleman will be teaming up with Tess Daly to present the 2014 series of Strictly Come Dancing.
The news comes after Sir Bruce Forsyth announced that is stepping down from his role as co-host.
Tess and Claudia are no strangers to hosting together on Strictly, having formed a formidable partnership presenting the Sunday night results show for the last three series. Winkleman previously presented spin-off show It Takes Two for BBC Two between 2004 and 2010.
“I have loved Strictly since the second it appeared on our screens and I am honoured and thrilled to now be part of the Saturday night team.
“Working alongside Tess is always fantastic and I can’t wait to spend the weekends with her, our amazing dancers and the greatest judging panel on the planet. Sir Bruce is a living legend and we’ll all miss him very much.”
– Claudia Winkleman
Tess will have the role of introducing the dances and probing the judges for their comments whilst Claudia will host the post-dance interviews and reaction to judges’ scores.
“I’m so pleased that I’ll be working with Claudia – she’s long been part of the Strictly family and I’ve loved doing the Sunday show with her.
“It’s really exciting having two women host the show, and we are great mates so there’ll be lots of fun to be had on and off the dance floor, and of course I’ll look forward to being reunited with Brucie for the Children in Need and Christmas shows.”
– Tess Daly
Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, adds of the appointment: “Tess and Claudia are a fantastic duo and natural successors to Strictly’s presenting line up now that Sir Bruce has decided to step down. Their commitment and passion for the show make them the perfect pairing to take Strictly into a new era.”
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One in the Autumn.