X Factor Host Return
December 20, 2011 by staff
X Factor Host Return, Sir Bruce Forsyth is set to return for another series of Strictly Come Dancing – despite viewers’ fears that the TV favourite looked extremely tired on the show final.
The veteran entertainer, 83, handed out the ninth Glitterball trophy to McFly drummer Harry Judd on Saturday night, watched by around 13 million viewers.
A source close to the star admitted Sir Brucie had been battling with a bug in the run up to the live final in Blackpool, but said it was likely he would return for a tenth series of the BBC ballroom hit.
And last night, a BBC insider told the Mail that the Corporation was determined to keep the presenter – who received a knighthood this year – after Strictly managed to beat ITV rival the X Factor repeatedly this year.
The source added the Strictly job was Sir Bruce’s for ‘as long as he wants it’, adding: ‘Sir Bruce has certainly been as proud of this series as any.
‘Ultimately it is up to Bruce, but he is unique in a million ways.’
Despite the toll the show takes on him, appearing on the Radio 4’s Front Row last month, Sir Bruce said he was ‘thrilled’ that the show had ‘done so much better this year than in other years’.
Some viewers had raised question marks over how much longer he could carry on with the role, following Saturday’s final, and had mentioned his seemingly-fragile state on the show.
He looked irritated and was seen shouting ‘Get off the stage! Get off the stage!’ as 26-year-old winner Judd’s band McFly stormed the stage after he won.
However, friends defended the presenter saying he was being professional and trying to make sure the show finished on time.
He will now take his customary break in Puerto Rico for a few months with his wife, former beauty queen Wilnelia.
A source close to the presenter said the ‘balance of probability’ was that he would sign up again for the next series, adding: ‘As things stand at the moment, the balance of probability is that he will come back to do it again.’
He will give a one-off performance on May 3 next year alongside a full orchestra.
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