Sir Bruce Forsyth to host Strictly's charity, Christmas shows

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Sir Bruce Forsyth will be involved in this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

It's been confirmed that Sir Bruce will host the special Children In Need edition of the show the Christmas episodes later this year.

Strictly Come Dancing launch show.
Transmission Date: 07/9/2014

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Sir Bruce with Claudia and Tess.

Sir Bruce, 87, stepped down as co-host of the BBC One dancing show last year, after ten years presenting alongside Tess Daly. He was replaced by Claudia Winkleman.

The new series of Strictly kicks off this weekend on BBC One, with a new lineup of famous faces competing for the Glitterball Trophy:

- Peter Andre, singer
- Carol Kirkwood, weather reporter
- Kirsty Gallacher, sports broadcaster
- Jamelia, singer and broadcaster
- Jay McGuiness, singer
- Ainsley Harriott, chef
- Katie Derham, journalist
- Daniel O'Donnell, singer
- Helen George, actress
- Anita Rani, journalist
- Jeremy Vine, journalist
- Kellie Bright, actress
- Georgia May Foote, actress
- Anthony Ogogo, boxer
- Iwan Thomas, sprinter and broadcaster

The judging panel remains the same, with Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell all on board.

Three new professional dancers have joined the show: Gleb Savchenko, Giovanni Pernice, and Oti Mabuse. They join returning dancers Aliona Vilani, Aljaž Skorjanec, Anton du Beke, Brendan Cole, Janette Manrara, Joanne Clifton, Karen Clifton, Kevin Clifton, Kristina Rihanoff, Natalie Lowe, Ola Jordan, Pasha Kovalev and Tristan MacManus.

The viewers haven't found out yet which dancers have been paired with which celebrity, but they will have three weeks to rehearse before the live performances begin. On Saturday, 5 September, the launch show will feature the pairings being revealed, as well as welcoming back last year's winners Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev for a final dance.

Strictly returns this Saturday at 7.15pm on BBC One