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TV Times - - Special - Joanne Lowles

Judge Craig Revel Hor­wood gives us his thoughts on the new in­take…

This year’s line-up is spec­tac­u­lar, I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to see­ing them all,’ says Strictly’s Craig Revel Hor­wood, 51, a judge on the show since the be­gin­ning in 2004.

The 14th se­ries, which launches this week, will be ex­tra mem­o­rable be­cause it’ll be the last with head judge Len Good­man in charge. ‘I’ll miss him a lot, es­pe­cially our bat­tling,’ says Craig.

But for now it’s on with the show, as Craig gives us his early thoughts on this year’s celebri­ties…

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on pages 34-35 I can’t wait to see Ed Balls in a tight, pink, se­quinned Ly­cra out­fit! les­ley Joseph

Age: 70

Who? The Birds of a Feather ac­tress is the old­est con­tes­tant and has a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence on screen and stage.

She shared a role with Craig in the re­cent stage tour of the mu­si­cal An­nie.

Craig says: ‘She’s a very slow learner be­cause I have seen her in re­hearsals for An­nie – it took her about three weeks to get the rou­tine! But she is go­ing to be des­per­ately

funny.’ Ed Balls Age: 49

Who? The for­mer Shadow Chan­cel­lor is the first male politi­cian to take part in the full se­ries (Vince Ca­ble danced in the 2010 Christ­mas Spe­cial).

Craig says: ‘I can’t wait to see him in a tight, pink, se­quinned Ly­cra out­fit! He has the gift of the gab, though.’ will young Age: 37

Who? The singer shot to stardom in 2002 in ITV’S Pop Idol. He also sang live on last year’s se­ries of Strictly. Craig says: ‘He will be great and re­ally throw him­self into it. He danced a lit­tle on the show, and I thought then how good he’d be as a con­tes­tant.’ laura whit­more Age: 31

Who? The Ir­ish TV pre­sen­ter started out on MTV and for the past five years has pre­sented spin-off show I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here… Now! Craig says: ‘She’s go­ing to be OK. I don’t know much about her but she looks good so that’s half the bat­tle.’ naga MUNCHETTY Age: 41 Who? The BBC Break­fast news­reader fol­lows in the Strictly foot­steps of her col­league Carol Kirk­wood last year. Craig says: ‘She’s a great per­son­al­ity and will fight back and chal­lenge me. But peo­ple who come from sit­ting on so­fas gen­er­ally don’t do very well.’

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