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Russell Grant: I’m flattered that Strictly fans want me to fill Bruce’s dancing shoes
TELLY star Russell Grant says he’s flattered by a Twitter campaign to appoint him as Sir Bruce Forsyth’s successor on Strictly Come Dancing – and he revealed the role would be his dream job.
Russell appeared on the show during its ninth series and was later voted a Strictly People’s Champion by the public during Children In Need in 2012.
The Strictly legend is now the subject of a social media campaign by fans who want him to replace Sir Brucie, 86, who has announced he is retiring from Strictly’s live shows after 11 years in the role.
Russell (pictured above with Brucie and Flavia) said: “I an overwhelmed by it all. It’s left me speechless because I never expected to have such wonderful support and loyalty from the public.
“To present the show would be my dream job because I was brought up in showbiz – and Strictly is great showbiz.
“Flavia Cocace and I were very honoured when we were voted People’s Champions on Children In Need and I’m very flattered that the public has now taken to Twitter to support me!”
Twitter has been awash with speculation about who will replace Sir Bruce, with Russell being backed by fellow Strictly star Robbie Savage.
Robbie tweeted: “@THERussellGrant would be a fantastic presenter on strictly!”
@ChrisTauers added: “@THERussellGrant … Rusty I can’t think of a better replacement for Sir Bruce than your lovely self.”
@judlit tweeted: “@THERussellGrant @bbcstrictly I’d love to see you hosting this show, you have such passion and energy and you can dance x”
Russell responded by tweeting: “Don’t (know) what to say and how to thank you all for your @bbcstrictly support to present this great show. You are so special x”