Get­ting To Know…

The straight-talk­ing Strictly judge talks panel personas, sur­pris­ing con­tes­tants, his dad and his third au­to­bi­og­ra­phy

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Craig Revel Hor­wood

● At work, I do wear a hat! I’d never be like I am at home on the panel. I mean, you wouldn’t see a judge in a mur­der trial hav­ing a good old sau­vi­gnon blanc, would you? He wears a wig and I wear a hat. It’s my job – be­come some­one pro­fes­sional, tell con­tes­tants the truth, meet them at the bar af­ter… and hope they’re not cry­ing in my lap! ● I was brought up in Aus­tralia – Aus­tralians are very straight to the point. Some­times my cri­tique might sound mean, but it’s re­ally im­por­tant for me to be hon­est with them so they know what to work on. If a per­sonal trainer lies to you, you’re never go­ing to get abs. ● It’s a re­ally good line-up but when I first read the names I was think­ing, “Who’s that, dar­ling?” They’re all dif­fer­ent and it’s wonder ful, espe­cially Joe Sugg. He’s got eight mil­lion fol­low­ers on the in­ter­net. He’s bring­ing a whole new gen­er­a­tion to Strictly. ● I got up­set writ­ing my new book, In Strictest Con­fi­dence. When you write things down they be­come real. It’s a good trib­ute to my dad. When I wrote my first book, All Balls and Glit­ter, he was still alive and we didn’t speak for a while be­cause he didn’t like what I wrote. But now that my dad’s no longer here, I ex­pressed my­self dif­fer­ently. It was a ther­a­peu­tic way for me to grieve.

In Strictest Con­fi­dence by Craig Revel Hor­wood is avail­able from Michael O’Mara Books (hard­back, £20)

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