Let’s Dance For Comic Relief 2013: Alex Jones defends Strictly Come Dancing host Bruce Forsyth

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Alex Jones has defended Strictly Come Dancing host Bruce Forsyth, insisting that he should stay on the BBC show for as long as he feels able.

The One Show presenter has hit out at critics who claim that the octogenarian is too old to front the annual dance competition and insisted that the haters should just “let him be”.

The Welsh star, who also fronts Let’s Dance for Comic Relief, competed in the show in 2011 and told Digital Spy that the show won’t be the same if Forsyth ever does decide to step down.

She said:

“It’ll be a sad day when he steps down. It won’t be the same without him.”

“I know lots of people have got varying opinions, but actually if you picture it without them [Bruce and Tess Daly] it would be a very different show I think.

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“People are already kind of speculating who will take Bruce’s place and I just think, ‘Oh, love him. He’s still there’. He’s really good at his job so let’s just let him be,” she added.

Bookies are tipping Anton Du Beke or Vernon Kay as possible replacements for Bruce if he ever does leave, but Alex woulnd’t mind taking on the role either and she continued:

“Yeah, of course [I’d do it], of course, but I would rather Bruce stayed.”

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Let’s Dance For Comic Relief starts this Saturday and the first show’s lineup looks pretty impressive.

Ricky Hatton, Olivia Lee, Tim Vine, Dean Gaffney, Claire Sweeney, Natalie Cassidy & Ricky Groves will all star in the first episode, and two acts will go on to perform in the final next month.

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