Strictly Come Dancing's Craig Revel Horwood didn't want to be head judge

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Strictly Come Dancing's Craig Revel Horwood says he didn't want Len Goodman's job as head judge.

The BBC confirmed earlier this year that Latin expert Shirley Ballas would be joining Strictly to replace Len, who stepped down at the end of last series.


She'll also take over his role as head judge which Craig says he never wanted.

"It would have been wrong for me because I would have had to be a smiley mediator, which isn’t in my nature," Craig said this week.

He added to the Radio Times magazine: “Besides, you don’t get any more money.”

On Lens replacement Shirley, Craig added: “She’s a brilliant dance trainer, although she has been a TV judge only once or twice in America, just as a guest.

“I think she will be great because she has more knowledge than any of the other judges, including me, although telly requires more than that."

“Time will tell. It’s very difficult being succinct, creating one-liners and soundbites," Craig continued. “It would be tough for anyone. But she’s funny and quick. And she finds me amusing.”

Craig and Shirley will be joined by Strictly regulars Bruno Tonioli and Darcey Bussell on the Strictly panel this year.

Some of the celebs linked to this year's Strictly cast at the time being include X Factor's Alexandra Burke, Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins, Gogglebox stars Steph and Dom Parker, Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock, footballer Frank Lampard and Olympian Jessica Ennis-Hill.

There's also Paralympian Ellie Simmonds, Robot Wars host Angela Scanlon, Bros singer Matt Goss, comic Joel Dommett and marathon runner Paula Radcliffe.


However no names are officially confirmed yet and won't be until the autumn.

Strictly typically launches in September.

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