Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has revealed he felt the BBC One reality show would be a flop when he signed up to it back in 2004. Speaking to News Of The World today, the 46-year-old said admitted to thinking the original format was a ghastly idea.
The show however has become a huge hit for the BBC, with last year's series being watched by around 14 million viewers.
Craig said: "I only took Strictly on because it involved getting the nation to dance. We had no clue what it was going to do - it sounded like a ghastly idea.
"I thought it was quite a backward, horrendous, why-am-i-doing-this idea. We all said, 'this is just absolute rubbish, this is not going to fly at all.'
"But then, of course, we got 12 million viewers and it's gone on to 39 countries all over the world. And it's put dance back on the map - where it should be."
Meanwhile the ever critical dance judge revealed that he is going to release a Christmas single this year with one of the show's professional dancers Anton du Beke. The pair previously performed together on BBC Two spin-off show It Takes Two.
He said: "I did a duet with the lovely Anton Du Beke and that was fun. So we're going to be releasing a Christmas single this year, darling. We don't know what it is yet, but we want it to appeal to the masses."