Claudia Winkleman Is The New Strictly Co-Host With Tess Daly – the BBC has seen sense and given the Strictly fans what they were hoping for today with the news that Claudia Winkleman will now be co-hosting Strictly Come Dancing with Tess Daly.
Following the news of Sir Bruce Forsyth’s departure from the show there had been several possible new hosts suggested including John Barrowman, Graham Norton and Anton Du Beke. From the very start however the person to beat looked like Claudia who had done a great job in the last couple of series standing in for Bruce when he was either ill or taking a break from the show. The only real question was whether the BBC would be happy to break with the old-fashioned stereotype of having a male female duo to present a Saturday prime time show.
Although Tess is a big Brucie fan she clearly enjoyed the shows that she co-presented with Claudia and the 2 women have contrasting styles which provide a welcome break from the usual somewhat tired format that is normally served up to viewers.
Amongst the many contrasts that exist between Tess and Claudia perhaps the most obvious one is their wildly differing views on what they see as a good choice of outfit for presenting the show. Tess will invariably choose a traditionally glamorous red carpet style evening gown sometimes showing off her legs or cleavage. Claudia on the other hand seems hell-bent on covering up her figure and will often look like she has dressed herself from an old trunk of clothes she has found in the attic.
This is a little strange as you don;t have to look too far back in Claudia’s career to find her turning up for events in see-through tops and on one occasion wearing a top so dangerously low that one of her boobs actually escaped in a little seen wardrobe malfunction. Going even further back in her career you can see her acting the “dolly bird” promotional role and posing in a bikini to launch a new brand of Motorola mobile phone.
As you would expect Claudia is clearly delighted to have landed the Strictly presenting job and said today on Twitter:
“Thank you for your lovely messages. Am terrified. X”
Tess Daly also posted earlier today saying:
Claudia had got the backing of the Strictly judging panel very early on after Bruce had announced his departure so there appears to be slaps on the back all round.
Looking forward to seeing both women having fun in this year’s new series of Strictly. Surely not too long until the rumours start about who this years crop of celebrities will include?