Getting To Know…
The straight-talking Strictly judge talks panel personas, surprising contestants, his dad and his third autobiography
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)