Television presenter Graham Norton has ruled himself out as a future host of the hit British television dancing show Strictly Come Dancing, according to BBC News, who said that the broadcaster felt ‘lazy’ about possibly being a presenter on SCD. The previous host, classic entertainer and game show legend, Sir Bruce Forsyth, recently gave up the job after retiring earlier this month.
In an interview with The Sun, a British tabloid newspaper, Norton decided against being a frontrunner for the job of presenting the highly acclaimed and popular show, saying “I wouldn’t jump at the chance,” he told The Sun. “I really enjoy the show but it’s a very tough gig.”
“It’s very hard for a new person to take over… and I’m quite lazy.“
Norton, a stalwart of UK television screens, is also an established comic and originally hails from Ireland. While he was the most popular choice, others have also been considered for the role, including the actor John Barrowman and presenter Nick Knowles.
Norton already has a busy end of the week schedule with the BBC, including his own chat show on the BBC One channel which airs on Friday nights as well as a Saturday show on BBC Radio 2. He is also the official presenter for the public service broadcaster’s coverage of the Eurovision singing contest, and felt that viewers would see too much of him on weekend scheduling.
The 51-year-old said that it would be “a bit weird” to take on a show that could see him on television on Saturdays and Sundays.
Strictly Come Dancing is a televised ballroom dancing show and competition where fifteen celebrities take to the dancefloor to show off their moves along with professional dancing partners. Their efforts are watched and critiqued by a judge’s panel, as each week they must perform a Latin American or ballroom-inspired dance routine while dressed up in glitzy costumes, before the judges help decide who stays on and who is voted off. That decision is made by both the panel and the show’s viewers who can call in their choice by telephone. The eventual winning pair are crowned Strictly Come Dancing Champions of the year. The show has proved so popular that its concept has been exported to over forty other countries and has also inspired a modern-dance themed spin-off Strictly Dance Fever. The twelfth series of the show, with its new presenter, will start in Autumn 2014
Sir Bruce Forsyth, who announced his departure and sparking the race for a new SCD host, has presented the BBC One ratings winner with Tess Daly since it first aired in 2004.
The 86-year-old TV veteran went on to later reveal that the rigours of presenting SCD and relentless media criticism over his ability to continue in the role had been factors in his decision to leave the show. He will however retain his connection with SCD, and will continue presenting work part time on limited edition broadcasts in aid of charities like Children in Need as well as the Christmas specials.