Muddy meets… Craig Revel-Horwood
Want the hot goss from the BBC ballroom? Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood dishes the dirt on this year's show.
Has there ever been a more dramatic Strictly! News of Seann Walsh’s tongue tango with dance partner Katya Jones broke while they were on air, Bruno fell off his chair, Kate Silverton stumbled down the stairs and, let’s not forget Lee Ryan’s ridiculous white high heels. Just another average weekend for judge Craig Revel Horwood at the BBC ballroom.
It’s no wonder, Craig got home from Elstree Studios at 3.30am. I think we would’ve all hung around the bar to see what car crash moments might unfold, despite the early wake up call to leave his Hampshire home. He was heading into Berkshire to officially open Rosebourne in Aldermaston – a brand new one-stop shop for local produce, gifts and plants.
Rachel, the editor of Muddy Berkshire, did the chaa-chaa-chaaaaaa around the fresh fruit and veg, past the butchers and into the restaurant while she nobbled Craig talked Strictly, sausage rolls and all manner of gossip. It’s a 10 from us, Rachel.
Who’s the A lister you most want to see on the show?
Darling it has to be Simon Cowell. I say that only because The X Factor‘s ratings aren’t doing particularly well and, if he came on our show, they would actually go up. I’m just trying to help him out.
Who’s your top tip for the winner this year?
I couldn’t possibly say, but I know who I like. I think Faye [Tozer] is fantastic – she’s absolutely brilliant. I love Ashley [Roberts] as well. They’re both incredible dancers. My eye is one Seann at the moment. He’s either up or down, dancing really badly and out of time or he’s amazing. You never know what you’re going to get and I sort of like that.
What makes your night on Strictly?
I like the fact some people fall down the stairs! Like Kate [Silverton] did last weekend which I thought was brilliant. It has been fantastic and the talent on the show is extraordinary.
Bright lights or countryside calm?
After 30 years in London, I moved to Hampshire, near Weyhill, fell in love with a horticulturist, who has since moved in, and we needed plants for the acreage. Off we went to Rosebourne and bought every single plant in the shop. I love the fact there’s a butcher, baker… the sausage rolls are amazing, by the way. And I now find myself popping in all the time. I’ve got my eye on a £7000 elephant statue at the Aldermaston store – it’s waving its trunk at me darling.
Strictly Come Dancing, BBC1, Saturdays, 6.40pm; Rosebourne, Basingstoke Rd, Aldermaston, Reading RG7 4LD