Is Brucie feeling his age at last Strictly Come Dancing star, 84, takes mid-series break to recuperate from strain of hosting Saturday night showsPresenter will take a holiday, missing one show on November 10Co-presenter Tess Daly will stand in as host
08:14 GMT, 22 October 2012
His energy and enthusiasm would put presenters half his age to shame.
But after nearly a decade of hosting Strictly Come Dancing, it seems Sir Bruce Forsyth is finally beginning to feel the weight of his 84 years.
For the first time, the entertainer will take a holiday mid-series to recuperate from the strain of hosting the Saturday night shows.
He seemed to struggle once or twice with the timing of his jokes on this weekend’s programme, but still happily warmed up the 500-strong audience beforehand with a combination of gags and song routines.
Break: Sir Bruce Forsyth, pictured with Strictly co-host Tess Daly, will take a holiday mid-series
Off-stage, a crew member was on hand to guide him past the judges’ podium to make sure he did not trip over a set of steps.
Co-presenter Tess Daly (right) will stand in as host for Sir Bruce (left), with her usual role taken by Claudia Winkleman
More than 9.9million tuned in to watch on Saturday, with Jerry Hall putting in a poor performance that saw her booted out of the competition in last night’s result show.
Strictly easily beat its ITV rival the Factor, which was watched by only 8.2million.
Sir Bruce negotiated the week-long break with producers before filming on the tenth series began in September.
He will miss one show, on November 10, so he can rest before the following week’s live episode at Wembley Arena.
His co-presenter Tess Daly will stand in as host, with her usual role taken by Claudia Winkleman.
It will be the first time Sir Bruce, last month named as the longest-serving male TV entertainer by Guinness World Records, has voluntarily missed a show.
Three years ago, doctors ordered him to pull out of one episode when he contracted flu.
Yesterday, a Strictly spokesman said: ‘Even national treasures are allowed to take a week off.
Bruce is taking a short break so he can be on top form and fighting fit
for the Children in Need show at Wembley the following week.
It turns out years of cycling is rather good preparation for a Strictly wardrobe malfunction. Victoria
Pendleton revealed perfectly toned pins after she got tangled up in her
blue ballgown during her rumba with Brendan Cole.
Victoria Pendleton got tangled up in her ballgown while dancing with Brendan Cole