Claudia Winkleman makes surprising confession about Strictly Come Dancing

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Claudia Winkleman might have been a regular on our TV screens for over 16 years, but that doesn't mean she feels confident in her abilities.

The TV star, 48, has confessed she suffers from imposter syndrome and is waiting to be booted off the hit BBC show.

Despite being a much-loved part of Strictly Come Dancing, Claudia told You magazine, "I'm just waiting to be fired.

"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."

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But, rather than let her "imposter syndrome" get the better of her, Claudia tries to see the positives.

"Imposter syndrome is incredibly useful," she explained. "Feeling – don't throw up – grateful and slightly surprised I think is a good thing. It keeps you on your toes."

Claudia fronted Strictly's spin off-show It Takes Two from 2004 and then took over co-hosting the main show with Tess Daly in 2014 when the late Sir Bruce Forsyth retired.

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Strictly Come Dancing is set to return in just a matter of weeks, but things won't be exactly how they used to be as the world continues to grapple with the ongoing global pandemic.

Jamie Laing, Ranvir Singh and Caroline Quentin are just a few of the celebrities taking to the covid-friendly dance floor in just a matter of weeks.

So what do the new rules look like?

While we know the BBC show is starting later than normal – in October, not September – and run for a shorter time, other, even more extreme measures are being put in place to protect the show.

For the first time in 16 years the show will be filmed with no audience and minimal backstage staff to keep risk of infection at a low. But insiders are concerned that this will have an impact on the atmosphere.

“The current plan is no audience, which will inevitably affect the show,” a source told The Sun. “They are the energy in the room, and dancing in an empty room is like dancing in a training room. It’s a different intensity and pressure.

And, in a bid to keep numbers to a minimum, celebrity entourages are being banned. Which means judges, Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse will have a scaled-back team.

“There will be no entourages for the judges, no agents hanging around, no friends or family members, no hair and make-up people waiting on them hand and foot.”

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