Craig on strictly 2017

TV Times - - Interview -

It won’t be long be­fore craig is once more wield­ing his judge’s pad­dle on the new se­ries of Strictly Come Danc­ing this au­tumn, but what does he make of in­com­ing head judge shirley bal­las?

‘i can’t wait to get back to Strictly,’ craig tells us. ‘shirley’s a fan­tas­tic re­place­ment for len. i’ve met up with her and she’s great a laugh and a bun­dle of fun and, hav­ing been a latin amer­i­can dance cham­pion her­self, she re­ally knows her stuff.

‘she couldn’t be more per­fect be­cause she’s been there, done it, and got ev­ery t-shirt and medal, so she will pro­tect the in­tegrity of ball­room and latin. the au­di­ence will fall in love with her, she’ll be as tough as me, but prob­a­bly not as bo­toxed or as grumpy!’

there are big changes among the show’s pro­fes­sional dance team too, as Joanne clifton (see this week’s TV Times News, p4), Natalie lowe and Ok­sana platero will be bow­ing out, and craig can’t wait to see their postStrictly ca­reers blos­som.

‘Of course i’m ex­cited about see­ing the new pro­fes­sion­als, but it’s bril­liant that peo­ple like Joanne are go­ing off to do their own thing. Joanne’s a fan­tas­tic singer, dancer and ac­tress, so why limit your­self to just danc­ing when you can be­come a star per­former? i en­cour­age all the dancers to use Strictly as a spring­board, be­cause you can’t dance for­ever. the world is their oys­ter.’

craig with last year’s panel, in­clud­ing for­mer head judge len Good­man

New judge shirley bal­las

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