Claudia Winkleman left ‘terrified’ as Strictly host replaces Graham Norton on BBC Radio 2

Claudia Winkleman says she has 'superstitions' at Strictly

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Claudia Winkleman has replaced Graham Norton on BBC Radio 2, following the chat-show star’s departure for Virgin Radio. The Strictly Come Dancing host expressed her terror regarding stepping into the veteran presenter’s shoes as her pal and co-star offered their support.

Graham, 57, stood down from his show last year after spending a decade at BBC Radio 2.

Strictly star Claudia, 48, has since taken the reins presenting her first broadcast of the show earlier today.

Ahead of her appearance, the small-screen star admitted she was “terrified” to go on-air.

Her admission comes after her pal and Strictly: It Takes Two host Rylan Clark-Neal offered her some kind words.

In view of his 1.6 million Twitter followers, Rylan penned: “Just a quick note to say the lovely @ClaudiaWinkle starts her brand new @BBCRadio2 show tomorrow morning. Send her some love, she’s one of the good’ uns. Good luck fringe xxx.”

Claudia thanked him for his well wishes but admitted she was scared to host the show.

“Thank you thank you. You’re magnificent. I’m terrified,” she replied.

Rylan added: “You’re gonna be amazing. Love xxx.”

The Radio 2 host later took to her Instagram account and revealed that she barely slept a wink due to feeling nervous.

Sharing a selfie, where she sported a face mask, Claudia penned: “First show. 10am @bbcradio2 please join us. I slept for under six minutes…”

The Strictly Come Dancing host revealed she would take over the Saturday show, which airs between 10am and 1pm, from this month.

Listeners have since taken to Twitter, with social media users praising her performance.


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One wrote: “I adore Claudia Winkleman.”

Another penned: “Claudia’s nailing it! Thumbs up #radio2 #claudiawinkleman.”

“Might be turning into a Claudia Winkleman stan,” a third penned.

Meanwhile, the Strictly host recently gave an insight into her marriage with husband Kris Thykier as she questioned how they are still together.

The mum-of-three said: “He makes the bed better than me. He is tidier when it comes to the kids’ bath time.

“He gets them to school on time and makes a magnificent chicken. I have never, ever sewn on one of his buttons, he’s just better at it.

“I have no idea why or how we’re still together. I just think he has never expected me to do the house stuff and the kids stuff while he waltzes into the office,” the star added to The Sun.

BBC Radio 2 with Claudia Winkleman airs Saturdays from 10am.

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