Strictly judge thought show would be disaster
Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has said he thought the show would be a disaster when it first aired in 2004.
Revel Horwood was part of the original line-up of judges, alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Arlene Phillips, but thought it would not last long.
He told a BBC Radio 5 live documentary: “Show one, series one, it was May of 2004. I recall it well,” the Daily Mirror reported.
“There were no fanfares, we were creating the show from the beginning. I said, ‘It’s a terrible idea, what an awful idea. It’ll be carcrash television’.
“I said, ‘It’ll be the end of my career’. And I really thought it would be off in three weeks. Len and I, after the first show, said, ‘That was absolutely terrible.
“No one’s going to think that’s a good idea. How can it possibly be a good idea getting a celebrity to try and learn in one month what it’s taken most dancers since the age of three to do in 10 to 15 years?”
Craig Revel Horwood expected it to be car-crash television.