Bruce Forsyth halves Strictly schedule

Bruce Forsyth will only host 'Strictly Come Dancing' on a Saturday night because the 82-year-old presenter has decided it will be too much for him to front Sunday's coverage as well

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth will only host 'Strictly Come Dancing' on a Saturday night.

The BBC show will be split into two parts again when it returns in the autumn, with the result half on a Sunday night, but the 82-year-old presenter has decided that's too much for him, so will just do the main part.

Although both programmes are recorded on a Saturday, filming could last up to four hours and Bruce says he would find it exhausting.

A source told The Mirror newspaper: "We have agreed he will just work on the main slot on a Saturday. It's a compromise that keeps him on the show and everyone is happy he can 'keep dancing' for a while longer.

"But it is the beginning of the end in terms of his appearances. Most people think this will be his final year since he told us he couldn't manage the whole series with the format we have in mind. It's too much and would leave him exhausted."

Meanwhile, it has been revealed rugby star Gavin Henson is set to star in the show as bosses believe he will be a great addition, following his publicity after his split form fiancee Charlotte Church.

He will join former 'Good Life' actress Felicity Kendal and politician Ann Widdecombe in the line-up.

This year's contestants will be encouraged to give the show their all, as the BBC have pledged to increase their pay each week they remain in the competition.

A source explained to The Sun newspaper: "The longer you stay in, the more you get. If you're voted off in the first week you'll probably end up with £10,000. If you make the final it's ten times that."

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