Strictly’s Claudia Winkleman reveals why her children are banned from watching her shows

Strictly Come Dancing’s Claudia Winkleman will barely be off TV screens in the coming weeks. However, her children won’t be tuning in to watch her as they are banned from viewing her shows.

Over the festive season, Claudia will be seen in the festive specials for both Strictly Come Dancing and The Piano. Then, in the New Year, she will be back on screens in a new a series of the smash hit, The Traitors.

However, despite the fact that her children were on set while she filmed the reality game show, they won’t be watching. “They aren’t allowed to watch anything I do,” she said.

“This year we filmed Traitors when the little ones weren’t at school, so they came to visit me. ‘Why are we in a castle, Mum?’ [they asked] They’ve never seen it. Much better,” she told Radio Times.

When asked what the family do watch over the festive season, she responded: “We love Home Alone and I used to always watch ET at this time of year, so we’ll do that.”

Christmas Day will see Claudia on screens hosting the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special.

Six celebrity contestants; rugby player Danny Cipriani, Sugababe Keisha Buchanan, actress Tillie Amartey, BBC Breakfast’s Sally Nugent, historian Dan Snow, and EastEnders Jamie Borthwick will be performing to impress the judges.

However, unlike the regular competition, the festive special is famously pre-recorded.

The epsiode has already been shot, which means that the winner has already lifted the glitterball.

However, although the studio audience were sworn to secrecy, the special edition of the show appears to have fallen foul of the infamous Strictly mole.

They seemingly managed to find out the result from a member of the audience, and have already leaked it online – potentially ruining millions of viewers’ enjoyment.

They took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to share the “early Christmas present” with fans, although has chosen not to publish it.

Over the years, the Strictly Mole regularly leaks the names of stars who land in the dance-off and are eliminated from the pre-recorded results shows.

You can read the full interview with Claudia Winkleman in this week’s Radio Times.


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