Craig: “I’m dy­ing to see Si­mon on Strictly – he needs the rat­ings!”

Out­spo­ken judge Craig Revel Hor­wood on the bat­tle be­tween Strictly and X Fac­tor, find­ing love and quit­ting big city life

Closer (UK) - - Inside This Issue - By Sofia Zag­zoule

Strictly Come Danc­ing and The X Fac­tor have long been locked in a rat­ings war as the two shows bat­tle it out on Satur­day nights. But with Strictly now soar­ing ahead, judge Craig Revel Hor­wood jokes that Si­mon Cow­ell needs to take part in the dance show to win back pop­u­lar­ity. He says, “I’m dy­ing to see Si­mon on Strictly. He needs the rat­ings!”

Away from the spot­light, the 53 year old has been un­lucky in love in the past and saw his three-year ro­mance with Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent pup­peteer Da­mon Scott, 39, come to an end in 2016. But Craig is now smit­ten with hor­ti­cul­tur­al­ist Jonathan Myring, 31, whom he met on­line ear­lier this year.

Craig says, “It just wasn’t right in the be­gin­ning with Da­mon. I was guilty as charged for want­ing it to be more than it re­ally was. I was very happy to be sin­gle again. I tried on­line dat­ing and met up with peo­ple who didn’t look like their pho­tos. I got bored of ev­ery­one pout­ing and be­ing Pho­to­shopped to death with a mil­lion fil­ters.

“And then, Jonathan came along. It was re­fresh­ing be­cause his pro­file was him on a kid’s trac­tor with a gin and tonic, hav­ing a laugh. He’s nice and lov­ing. He plays the pi­ano – and I’ve got a pi­ano – he’s a great cook, and he’s 20 years younger, what’s not to like?”

Af­ter years liv­ing in Lon­don, Craig – who has re­leased his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy In Strictest Con­fi­dence – re­cently swapped his two-bed­room flat in Cam­den for a seven-bed­room pad in the Hamp­shire coun­try­side. He ex­plains, “As soon as I turn into my drive­way, I just breathe out, whereas in Lon­don, I was wound up all the time. It was lovely for a while, but I feel like I’ve had that life and I want a new one.” ● In Strictest Con­fi­dence by Craig Revel Hor­wood is pub­lished by Michael O’mara Books (hard­back, £20)

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