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Murray confirms Strictly Come Dancing appearance

Judy Murray has confirmed she will compete as a contestant on this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

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Judy Murray has officially confirmed she is to be a contestant on this year's Strictly Come Dancing. Credit: PA Wire

The mother of former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray joins Frankie Bridge from The Saturdays on the show, which starts in the Autumn.

"I'm a huge Strictly Come Dancing fan but a total armchair dancer," the 54-year-old said.

"It's going to be a big challenge for me and for whoever has to dance with me but I absolutely can't wait to get started."

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Claudia Winkleman joins Tess Daly as Strictly host

Claudia Winkleman will join Tess Daly as the duo are confirmed as the new regular hosts of Strictly Come Dancing, following the departure of Sir Bruce Forsyth.

The announcement by the BBC ends weeks of speculation prompted by Sir Bruce's decision to step down from the show after a decade.

Claudia Winkleman will join Tess Daly Credit: PA

Daly and Winkleman were strongly fancied to land the permanent slot together after impressing viewers with their on-screen chemistry in the weekly results show and during Sir Bruce's occasional absences.

The pair will take over in the autumn when the series returns, with Daly switching to Sir Bruce's usual position introducing each of the dances and probing the judges for their reactions.

Rufus Hound wins Christmas Strictly Come Dancing

Comedian Rufus Hound has won his second television dance contest after triumphing in the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special.

Flavia Cacace and Rufus Hound won the Christmas competition. Credit: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment

Read: Sir Bruce Forsyth says he is living 'on borrowed time'

He beat the likes of DJ Sara Cox and Saturdays singer Rochelle Hulmes to lift this year's trophy for his tango with partner Flavia Cacace. Hound previously won the series Let's Dance For Sport Relief in 2010.

Elaine Paige topped the voting with the judging panel in the one-off festive Strictly show for her cha cha cha with Pasha Kovalev to Jingle Bells.

But when it went to the audience vote, Hound stepped out in front for his performance to Never Do A Tango With An Eskimo.

Surprised winner Hound said: "It's surreal in the extreme. We didn't really set out to win, the fact that it's happened I don't know what it means. I think if I had more of a taste for the ballroom, they'd be serving it in a burger!"

Read: Abbey Clancy crowned Strictly Come Dancing champion

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Sophie Ellis-Bextor calls Strictly thieves 'opportunistic'

Strictly Come Dancing star Sophie Ellis-Bextor says the thieves who struck contestants' dressing rooms while the show was on air were "opportunistic".

Police are investigating the incident in which a number of valuables, including an iPad, phone and jewellery, are said to have been stolen from an area used by female competitors.

The thefts occurred when the BBC1 show headed to Blackpool from a heat which took place at the Tower Ballroom, which saw the highest scores of the series so far.

Ellis-Bextor told Daybreak, "It was just an opportunistic thing. The police are looking into it ... There's no one to blame for it".

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