Sunday Mirror

Watch out Craig, you up­set New York Gi­ant

- BY EMMA PEAR­SON fea­tures@ sun­daymir­

STRICTLY’S Craig Revel Hor­wood may be feel­ing a touch down about his crit­i­cism of Amer­i­can Foot­ball star Ja­son Bell.

Be­cause the judge ended up en­rag­ing a sleep­ing Gi­ant… in ev­ery sense.

Ja­son’s re­tired NFL pal Osi Umenyiora – who is 6ft 3in and 20st – was so an­noyed by Craig’s com­ments last week that he said he’d be “com­ing to the show” to tackle the “surly in­di­vid­ual”.

And the for­mer star of the New York Gi­ants said of Craig: “He bet­ter not let me see him.”

The dou­ble Su­per­bowl win­ner told how he was lov­ing his pal’s fancy foot­work with pro-part­ner Luba Mush­tuk on Strictly’s open­ing night.


Speak­ing on The Ja­son & Osi pod­cast, he said: “I’m watch­ing you and see­ing you smil­ing and do­ing your thing and I’m like, ‘ Wow, Ja­son is killing it’.”

But his en­joy­ment of his pal’s Amer­i­can Smooth foot­work to The Temp­ta­tions’ My Girl was flat­tened when Craig said: “I wasn’t fond, I have to ad­mit. The Jack­son 5 sort of thing go­ing into fox­trot didn’t re­ally do it for me.”

Per­haps Craig could now do with the kind of hope­ful play they call a Hail Mary in the NFL to wrig­gle out of this one.

A stunned

Osi, 38, said: “I’m lis­ten­ing to this guy, Craig or what­ever his name is, and he’s just a surly in­di­vid­ual. Noth­ing he said makes sense to me.

“This guy is a bonafide hater and he is hat­ing on my man J Bell be­cause you’re hav­ing the time of your life danc­ing. “You brought ev­ery­one up and he’s like, ‘ I didn’t like this, I didn’t like that’. What are you talk­ing about, Craig?

“He bet­ter not let me see him, Ja­son, I’m com­ing to the show.”

Ja­son, 42, made his­tory this year as the first NFL player to grace the Strictly floor.

And al­though he wasn’t an in­stant hit with Craig, the other judges were more taken with his moves. Motsi Mabuse said: “From now on, I’m go­ing to call you Ja­son Joy, be­cause you spread the joy. I can feel it all through your face and move­ments.”

Shirley Bal­las added: “I think you gave 100%. Your foot­work was ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic.”

Craig, 55, gave Ja­son – an ex-cor­ner­back with the Gi­ants, Dal­las Cow­boys and Hous­ton Tex­ans – a four. But Shirley and Motsi scored him six, plac­ing Ja­son and Luba sev­enth on the leader­board.

But it didn’t dampen Ja­son’s spir­its. He said: “I had the time of my life. It was so fun just be­ing out there.” Ja­son, who has a six- year- old daugh­ter called Anaiya with Girls Aloud singer Na­dine Coyle, is now an NFL pun­dit for BBC Spor t along­side Osi.



Singh says her son is a huge fan of one

Strictly star - but it’s not her.

The Good Morn­ing Bri­tain host says Tushaan, eight, looks up to her dance part­ner Gio­vanni Per­nice, who is his idol. Ran­vir, 43, said: “He to­tally adores Gio­vanni, so it’s less about the danc­ing. He’s more about Gio­vanni and how good-look­ing he is. It’s, ‘Look at his hair, his ear­rings, his tat­toos…’.”


Bal­las went com­mando to land the head judge job on Strictly.

Shirley, 60, who re­placed Len Good­man in the top spot in 2017, said that when she did her sec­ond dance au­di­tion, an ice pack she was wear­ing on her back leaked, forc­ing her to go with­out undies.

Shirley said: “That wet pack thing drib­bled into my knick­ers. I had to

take them off.”

HANDS OFF Maisie Smith and Gorka


BOX OF­FICE Ni­cola Adams with part­ner Katya Jones

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 ??  ?? COMIN’ TO GET YA Osi in play­ing days
COMIN’ TO GET YA Osi in play­ing days
 ??  ?? SURLY Craig is in big trou­ble with Osi
SURLY Craig is in big trou­ble with Osi

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