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Craig Revel Horwood talks Strictly 2021 and who the judges might be this year

Craig Revel Horwood spoke to today’s Good Morning Britain about Strictly’s 2021 series and lockdown easing. 

Of whether fellow judge Bruno Tonioli will be back in the Strictly Come Dancing studio he said: “We’re hoping Bruno comes back. We really do want him there in the seat - whether he stays in the seat or not as he’s generally up and down like a yo-yo! Of course we want him back. If he can’t come back then he’ll do what he did last time, you know due to restrictions, and just do lives and crosses and feeds to the studio which was great fun as it was anyway. 

“But I’m really looking forward to it. I think the BBC did an amazing job and have protocols in place for absolutely every single situation, so you will get Strictly and a much fuller version this year. Obviously last year they had to isolate in time, so we had to start a month later, they’re planning on doing the full version this year.”

On reports judge Motsi Mabuse has signed up for another project at the same time as the show, he said: “And as for Motsi, I read that and I think she’d be absolutely mad darling, doing the German tour rather than Strictly. And like I do in panto, I take the Saturdays off in order to do panto during the week. As long as you can get there and safe to travel then she’d be absolutely fine to do both, I would say.”

On the show seeing the first female partnership, which was cut short due to Covid, and whether that will be revived this series, he said: “I’d love to see a male one, or another girl one. It doesn’t bother me as long as people are dancing together. And who knows, you may even see them on the Strictly tour… there you go. So you might get to see at least two extra dances there, which would be absolutely fantastic.”

Craig also spoke about lockdown easing and the effect on the industry: “Theatres have been closed for over a year now, which has been devastating for the entire industry, let alone all the restaurants and bars and pubs and everything that surround them and rely heavily on the theatre. 

“It’s been awful, but I don’t think there will be any guarantee from June 21st, I really don’t. I think that would be quite dangerous. However, we do need to get back to some normality, we really do. Whether that involves people in the theatre wearing masks and social distancing then that’s what we need to do until it’s going to be safe for absolutely everyone to come back.”

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