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Sir Bruce Forsyth to make Strictly comeback for Children in Need

November 14, 2014
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Sir Bruce Forsyth will return to Strictly Come Dancing to present the Children in Need special. The veteran co-host left the show after 11 series in April of this year. As previously promised by the BBC show, Bruce, 86, would not be saying his final farewell but would be making special comeback appearances. The entertainer – widely known for his catchphrase "Nice to see you, to see you, nice" – is also confirmed to co-host the Strictly Christmas episode alongside his old partner in crime Tess Daly.

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Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly will be reunited for Children in Need

Sneak peek photos from the Children in Need special show Bruce and Tess playing up their old routine, with the pair holding hands and dancing away. The episode, which will take place on Friday 14 November to coincide with the annual appeal, will see four talented young ballroom champions take to the Strictly dance floor. They will showcase their skills in teams alongside professional dancers performing to You Make Me Feel So Young and Happy Feet.

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Team Glitter and Team Sparkle will compete for the Pudsey glitterball trophy

Team Glitter is made up of Anton du Beke and Natalie Lowe with juniors Elliot and Mia, and Team Sparkle are Tristan MacManus and Aliona Vilani with juniors Daniel and Ella who will perform a combination of foxtrot and quickstep. The winners will be decided by Strictly's four judges Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood, who will deliver their scores on Pudsey-themed panels. The Children in Need special will air at 7:30pm on BBC One.

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The Strictly judges will be announcing the Children in Need special winner on Friday

Shortly after leaving Strictly, Bruce gave an exclusive interview to HELLO! magazine, speaking about his emotional departure. "Part of me has to be sad because, when you work on something in television for ten years, you become a family and when you say goodbye to that family there is always a tear in the eye," said Bruce. "So it's hard to say goodbye, of course it is. But I'm leaving because, although I could hang on, I felt it was right not only for me but for the show." "Now I have the relief that I don't have to do it anymore," he added, as he planned to spend more time with his wife Wilnelia and family. "I would have hated to have carried on and then had to stop because I wasn't feeling well enough."

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