Strictly's Tess Daly reveals they've ALREADY signed up huge stars to take part in next year's show
In an exclusive interview with the Sun Online's Big Interview, Tess said this year's competition has been the toughest yet and with just two weeks to go to the final, she reveals next year's series will see big name stars take to the dancefloor.
Tess says:"We've already been plotting and planning which celebrities are going to be approached next year. People have already been approached for next year. I've heard there's a few who have already confirmed.
"This year, I can't call who will win. This is closest year- it's never been so close.They are training hard, literally 70 hours a week, they are like athletes, and you see how much it means to them."
Tess became a household name when she first fronted the show 14 years ago with the late Sir Bruce Forsyth and now has a winning formula hosting alongside Claudia Winkleman.
Confirming the dynamic duo will be back to front the BBC primetime show in 2019, Tess, 49, told the Sun Online: "Yes. We'll be back. You can't get rid of us. We love it. We love working together, she's a sweetheart. We have such a giggle. She bakes cakes and brings them in – her carrot cake – Oh My God. A woman of many talents."
Tess joked she is just getting on with it "especially when you are keeping those cheeky judges in line."
Speaking about what she really thought of the judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli, Tess said she hoped the winning line-up would return next year.
She said: "I think so, this is Shirley's second season and she has come into her own. She is doing a brilliant job. She is warm, she is witty, she's authoritative.
"Darcey – of course we love – prima ballerina, Dame Darcey! And the two boys, I just live for them. I mean, Craig's face: I'm just waiting for him to smile. Come on Craig, you can do it!
"And Bruno – I love his personality. He gets so excited, and then he falls off the chair. He's just so extra. They all get on really well."
Tess is supporting the Huawei project, helping deaf children enjoy bedtime stories through tech that translates words to sign language for parents.
"Storytime is so important. My little one, she's all about that last thing at night. It's such a special time because they just snuggle up and it's just magical.
"It would be a shame if deaf children were excluded from this so it's lovely that this app brings a story to life by translating it into sign language for them."
Tess Daly was speaking at the launch for StorySign – a new App developed by Huawei to help deaf children learn to read with their parents and enjoy the magic of story time together.
Tess Daly is supporting TK Maxx’s Christmas Sock Day on December 6th to help raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens
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