Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Claudia Winkleman set to replace Sir Bruce Forsyth

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Claudia Winkleman has been all but confirmed as the new Strictly Come Dancing 2014 host.

Less than a week after Sir Bruce Forsyth confirmed he would be stepping down from the main show this year, BBC bosses are already close to signing a deal with Claudia.

The TV presenter already fronts the pre-recorded Sunday results show and has also stepped in for Sir Bruce in the past on Saturdays too.

According to The Sun newspaper, the female hosting duo - Britain's first - will see slight role changes.

Tess, who has already signed up to return to the show, will essentially be the one who replaces Sir Bruce as she chats to the judges and contestants on the dance floor.

Claudia meanwhile will take over from Tess in the show's social gallery, interviewing the acts after their dances and getting their reaction to the judges' scores.

A BBC insider told the newspaper: “They are certainly the first choices. Detailed discussions will start shortly and it is hoped everything can be sorted out.”

A number of other names - including Eurovision commentator Graham Norton and Strictly pro dancer Anton du Beke - have also been linked to the show but these are apparently "back up" options for the moment.

Sir Brucie himself previously backed girls Tess and Claudia to take over.

“I think they have got a chemistry that is working and is very good. And the more they do, the more they will get used to it,” he commented.

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