Strictly fab­u­lous, dar­ling!

Craig Revel Hor­wood gives us all the back­stage gos­sip on the big­gest show on TV…

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Some­times, there are celebs you’re sorry to see go. For me, Vick Hope was one of those. Both she and Seann Walsh had tech­ni­cal is­sues, but I loved her in the dance-off. Clearly, the other judges didn’t agree. It’s never per­sonal, though. We’re just here to judge the danc­ing, dar­ling!


Never in my life have I seen a jive like Danny John-Jules’ the other week! As I said on the show, that per­for­mance de­served to be in the fi­nal. Some peo­ple are made for cer­tain dances – this one was made for Danny. He at­tacked it with so much verve and fe­roc­ity, es­pe­cially when you con­sider he’s 58.


I’m do­ing lots of book sign­ings right now for my new au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, In Strictest

Con­fi­dence, and for the first time, I’ve had teenagers com­ing over for a chat – it’s re­mark­able. Nor­mally, it’s older peo­ple who can’t wait to share their hip re­place­ment sto­ries with me! I’m call­ing it the ‘Joe Sugg ef­fect’. Joe’s not only bril­liant, but he’s also brought lots of young view­ers to Strictly.


Given re­cent events, some view­ers were up­set that, dur­ing one of the pro dances, Katya was front and cen­tre ‘ hit­ting a home run’. What peo­ple don’t re­alise is these rou­tines are or­gan­ised months in ad­vance. Katya’s not go­ing to be treated any dif­fer­ently – and ev­ery pro has their chance to shine!


Stacey Doo­ley re­ally stands out for me. The hi­lar­i­ous thing about Stacey is that danc­ing was never her ‘thing’, and when you pass her back­stage she’s al­ways say­ing, ‘Oh, I’ve no clue what I’m do­ing, dar­lin’!’ And yet she’s do­ing it all sen­sa­tion­ally! I adore her in­no­cence. She’s so watch­able and lov­able.


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