Claudia Winkleman Admits She's 'Waiting To Be Fired' From Strictly As She Talks Imposter Syndrome

The presenter described the feeling as being "incredibly useful" for her.

Claudia Winkleman may be one of the best things about Strictly Come Dancing, but the presenter has admitted she is “just waiting to be fired” from the show.

Claudia, who co-hosts the BBC ballroom competition with Tess Daly, opened up about how she suffers with imposter syndrome, and often thinks she will be replaced.

However, in the interview with You magazine, she described it as an “incredibly useful” feeling, as it keeps her “on her toes”.

Claudia Winkleman
Claudia Winkleman
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“I’m just waiting to be fired,” Claudia said. “I’m waiting for somebody to tap me on the shoulder and go, ‘Oh, sorry, we’ve got this all wrong, you are not allowed to go in again, we’ve got Rylan instead’, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing.”

She continued: “Imposter syndrome is incredibly useful.

“Feeling – don’t throw up – grateful and slightly surprised I think is a good thing. It keeps you on your toes.”

Claudia first began her relationship with Strictly by fronting companion series It Takes Two in 2004.

She began hosting the Sunday night’s results show when Bruce Forsyth reduced his workload in 2010, before taking over from him full time in 2014.

Claudia hosts Strictly Come Dancing with Tess Daly
Claudia hosts Strictly Come Dancing with Tess Daly
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Claudia is set to return to the ballroom alongside Tess for the 18th series of Strictly next month.

The start of the series has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and will run for four weeks shorter than usual this year.

Among the stars taking part include Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo, Olympic boxer Nicola Adams, former home secretary Jacqui Smith and comedian Bill Bailey.


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