Claudia Winkleman lights up Strictly with her natural skills

As I watched Saturday night’s Strictly Come Dancing, I realised I was actually laughing at some points and genuinely enjoying it. I eventually figured out why.

The laughter wasn’t the usual polite chuckle that goes with one of Bruce Forsyth’s cringeworthy gags or smirking at his banter with Tess Daly.

It was because of the brilliance of Claudia Winkleman’s presenting. She’s the best thing about Strictly!

Veteran trooper Bruce was taken ill with flu so was too poorly to host the show (amazingly, the 85-year-old has only missed ONE other show since 2004!).

So Claudia, who usually co-hosts the results programme, jumped in and showed what a great presenter she is.

I think Tess is great but Claudia is relaxed and unselfconscious.

She had a natural rapport with the contestants, joking around with them and making the audience guffaw at regular intervals with her quick quips.

Claudia was a breath of fresh air. She looked fabulous in a Victoria Beckham dress on Saturday night and then Warehouse jumpsuit on Sunday. 

She understands the whole ridiculous theatre of Strictly and, most importantly, doesn’t take it too seriously.

I think Tess and Claudia would be a brilliant double act to host Strictly in the future when Brucie retires.

 

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