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Strictly's Claudia Winkleman says 'I get terrified doing live TV'


‘I get terrified doing live TV’: Strictly’s Claudia Winkleman jokes she ‘squeezes’ her co-host Tess Daly’s arm in filming due to her nerves – and credits her signature fringe with launching her career

Claudia Winkleman has revealed that she gets ‘terrified’ doing live television. 

The Strictly Come Dancing host, who first appeared on the show in 2009 in place of a poorly Bruce Forsyth, had no qualms admitting her fear of presenting to millions of BBC viewers each week.

‘If Tess [Daly] is ever wearing anything long sleeved or an upper arm garment it is because I have squeezed her because I get really, really scared,’ the 50-year-old joked to The Mirror. 

'I get terrified doing live TV': Claudia Winkleman joked about 'squeezing' Strictly co-host Tess Daly out of fear - as she lifted the lid on a show ritual in a new interview (pictured this month)

‘I get terrified doing live TV’: Claudia Winkleman joked about ‘squeezing’ Strictly co-host Tess Daly out of fear – as she lifted the lid on a show ritual in a new interview (pictured this month)

In 2010, Claudia began presenting Strictly Come Dancing’s main results show on Sunday nights alongside 53-year-old Tess, who she branded a ‘phenomenal human being’. 

Four years later, once again joined by Strictly long-timer Tess, the TV presenter made her debut on the Saturday night live shows, following the departure of Sir Bruce. 

‘At Strictly, I have never told anybody this, we always base my outfits on a different theme,’ Claudia revealed. ‘It could be a person or a place. One year I was Andre Agassi when I had long bits in my hair and we put turf in my dressing room.’

Live TV: The Strictly Come Dancing host, 50, had no qualms admitting her fear of presenting to millions of BBC viewers each week (pictured December 2021)

Live TV: The Strictly Come Dancing host, 50, had no qualms admitting her fear of presenting to millions of BBC viewers each week (pictured December 2021)

Among the other names Claudia has channelled include Pam St Clement, Slash from Guns n Roses, Joan Rivers , Sharon Osbourne and Rob Kardashian.

In February, professional dancer Oti Mabuse announced that she was leaving the BBC show after seven years.

‘I’m sad Oti is leaving. We will miss her so much. I still miss Ian Waite. I don’t like it when people leave. She will be terribly missed as she is phenomenal,’ Claudia said.

Co-hosts: In 2010, Claudia began presenting Strictly Come Dancing's main results show on Sunday nights alongside 53-year-old Tess. She made her Saturday night live show debut four years later (pictured in 2018 with Tess)

Co-hosts: In 2010, Claudia began presenting Strictly Come Dancing’s main results show on Sunday nights alongside 53-year-old Tess. She made her Saturday night live show debut four years later (pictured in 2018 with Tess)

Claudia, whose career kickstarted in the early 90s with frequent appearances on the long-running BBC series Holiday, believes her characteristic fringe has some part to play in where she’s ended up. 

The star claims that without the trademark look, she was a ‘virgin’ who resembled a little dinosaur’.

She then joked that come the age of 21, when the fringe was unveiled, ‘everything started happening’.

Hallmark: Claudia, whose career kickstarted in the early 90s with frequent appearances on the long-running BBC series Holiday, believes her characteristic fringe has some part to play in where she's ended up (pictured this month)

Hallmark: Claudia, whose career kickstarted in the early 90s with frequent appearances on the long-running BBC series Holiday, believes her characteristic fringe has some part to play in where she’s ended up (pictured this month)

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