I thought Strictly would be end of my ca­reer – Craig

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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. There were no fan­fares, we were cre­at­ing the show from the be­gin­ning. I said, ‘It’s a ter­ri­ble idea. It’ll be car-crash 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 10 to 15 years?”’

Revel Hor­wood added that the large bud­get that comes with be­ing the big­gest en­ter­tain­ment show on tele­vi­sion was not al­ways so lav­ish.

He said: “Way back then, we had a very low bud­get, no one knew what we were do­ing.”

Revel Hor­wood added. “Af­ter about two weeks, three weeks, the pop­u­lar­ity was just grow­ing and grow­ing. It’s just in­sane, ac­tu­ally. It’s been sold on to over 56 coun­tries world­wide. What other BBC show’s ever done that?”

Put­tin’ On The Glitz: The Strictly Story is on Ra­dio 5 Live tonight at 8pm

> Craig Revel Hor­wood

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