The former Strictly host will be remembered with a unique opening performance

Strictly Come Dancing bosses have promised to open the upcoming series with an all-dancing tribute to former show host Sir Bruce Forsyth, it has been reported.

Sir Bruce, who died at the age of 89 on Friday, presented the popular BBC dance contest alongside Tess Daly for 10 years, from its launch in 2004 until 2014.

The show’s executive producer, Louise Rainbow, has vowed a special dedication to him in the form of a group dance number when the new series launches later this year.

 

She told The Sun newspaper: “The thoughts of everyone here are still very much with Sir Bruce’s family.

“Of course, we will be paying tribute to Sir Bruce at our launch show and this will include a heartfelt performance from our Strictly professional dancers.

“We all want to celebrate him and all that he loved about the show. Sir Bruce was, and will always be, a huge part of Strictly Come Dancing.”

 

Her comments come a day after the full line-up of celebrity contestants for this year’s season was officially revealed, with singer Alexandra Burke, Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock, former ballerina Debbie McGee, Holby City actress Chizzy Akudolu and presenter Charlotte Hawkins announced on Monday.