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Kirsten McStay

Strictly Come Dancing reveal Rylan Clark's replacement for spin-off It Takes Two

Strictly Come Dancing has announced that singer Fleur East will be taking over on spin-off It Takes Two after Rylan Clark stepped down as host.

The news was announced on tonight's The One Show as hosts Alex Jones and Roman Kemp were joined by Fleur in the studio.

Opening up on the news, Fleur said: "I couldn't believe it, I still can't believe it in some ways."

"With Rylan gone, I have some big boots to fill," the former Strictly contestant remarked.

Speaking about going from a contestant to a presenter, she said: "It's a lot of relief because the stress is unreal. But, at the same time because I'm such a huge fan of the show, I'm just so excited that I get to be in and see all the exclusives before anyone else."

Before the news was announced, Strictly teased the new presenter with a cryptic video but kept her identity hidden, only showing a pair of beige trousers and white boots dancing around.

The caption read: "Who’s ready to rumba as the new host of Strictly It Takes Two? Tune into @BBCTheOneShow at 7pm tonight to find out! Who do you think it is?"

Fleur will be taking over from Rylan (BBC)

Earlier this year, Rylan confirmed he was stepping down after four years in an emotional statement.

He wrote: "Been a pleasure @bbcstrictly After four fantastic years it's time for me to hang up my glittery jacket and say goodbye to It Takes Two.

"I've had the best time hosting alongside Janette and Zoe and I can't thank the amazing team enough for always putting on a great show."

Rylan continued: "I've been welcomed into the Strictly family and will firmly hold that title dear to me. The time has come for me to pass on the baton to someone else and explore what else life has for me.

"Thank you Strictly, you will always have my heart...and my dancing feet."

Claudia Winkleman originally hosted the show but in 2011 Zoe Ball took over and was joined by Rylan in 2019 as a co-host.

In 2021, Zoe announced she would be stepping down and Janette Manrara was later confirmed as her replacement.

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