Zoe Ball proves a Twitter sensation as she replaces Claudia Winkleman on Strictly

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Zoe Ball went down a storm with Strictly Come Dancing viewers when she replaced regular co-host Claudia Winkleman over the weekend.

Mum-of-three Claudia had stayed at home to look after one of her children who had fallen ill, leaving Zoe to take her place.

While the It Takes Two presenter admitted that she was terrified about appearing on the main show, Zoe instantly proved a hit with Strictly fans on Twitter.

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Zoe Ball and Tess Daly presented last weekend's Halloween special


"Zoe Ball should have this gig every week," wrote one viewer, while another commented, "Totally chuffed for @ZoeTheBall getting loads of love for her stint on Strictly. Effortlessly cool & funny, she should be on the telly more."

Celebrity contestants themselves came out in full force to congratulate Zoe on her brilliant presenting.

Scott Mills, who was booted off the competition in Sunday's dance-off, posted: "Good work @ZoeTheBall you were so good tonight. X."

"Who else thought @ZoeTheBall did a brilliant job stepping in last minute on Saturday? Made it look effortless. What a pro," tweeted Jake Wood.

The Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge agreed, writing: "Well done tonight @ZoeTheBall smashed it! X."

Zoe, who hosted the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour three years ago, has been presenting the show's spin-off It Takes Two since 2011. She also competed for the glitterball trophy in the third series.

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Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly are Strictly's regular co-hosts


After her successful cameo over the weekend, Zoe showed her appreciation for her fans' support, tweeting, "Thanks for saying nice stuff about last night's show tweeps xx."

She followed it up with: "Summed up perfectly by my lil girl. 'Yes I like you on telly mum but I really love Tess & Claudia, Claudia is really funny.'"

A BBC spokesperson confirmed that Claudia, who used to present It Takes Two before Zoe, should resume her normal co-hosting duties next week.

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