Strictly judge thought show would be disas­ter

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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.

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