Sir Bruce Forsyth believes the world of showbusiness is as thrilling as ever as he described his Glastonbury audience as the best he has ever had.
The entertainer says he is now ‘jazzed’ up for the next series of Strictly Come Dancing – and he thinks London mayor Boris Johnson would be a ‘wonderful contestant’.
At the age of 85, Sir Bruce was one of the oldest performers to ever play at Glastonbury when he took to the stage earlier this summer. He said his gig there, as well as other work, has left him more excited than ever about the next series of Strictly in the autumn.
“I usually go into it cold without having any other things to do that have jazzed me up a bit, make me feel like working. So I’m looking forward to this series I think more than any other one I’ve done for the last five or six years,” he said.
He remained tight lipped about this year’s contestants but said he would love to see Borisn take to the dancefloor.
“I think Boris Johnson would be a wonderful contestant. He’d be a wonderful judge and he could even do my job,” he said.
Sir Bruce added: “I know of all the rumours. Everyday the newspapers come out with another name they say is doing the show.
“I think there’s been more leaks this year than a sieve. It really has been amazing. Everyday there’s a new person they’ve found that’s definitely on the show. Whether they are or not I don’t know. And if I did know I wouldn’t tell you, because as Frankie Howerd used to say, ‘I’m sworn to secrecy’.”
Sir Bruce was speaking at the unveiling of a plaque to celebrate his eight runs at The Talk Of The Town theatre restaurant in central London – now the Hippodrome Casino – decades before he would take to Glastonbury.
He said Glastonbury is something he will ‘never, ever forget’. He said: “Look at me, the best audience I’ve ever had in my life was going to Glastonbury. Glastonbury is a thing I’ll never ever forget. Young people – 20, 30, 40-year-olds. I thought ‘I wonder what they’ll think of me?’ I was the oldest person in the whole county, and there I am going on there and they were the best audience I’ve ever had. How can I say this isn’t a good age for entertainment when I can go to Glastonbury and have such a wonderful, wonderful time?”
Sir Bruce turned back the clock to focus on his earlier days in entertainment as he reflected on his performances at The Talk Of Town in Leicester Square. He debuted at the cabaret venue in 1964 with his final performance there in the early 1980s.