‘It’s too late’ Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood hits back at fix claims

Strictly: Dan Walker reacts to Craig Revel Horwood missing a show

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Craig Revel Horwood has been a judge on Strictly Come Dancing since it began back in 2004. The choreographer had never missed a night on the BBC show until testing positive for Covid-19 when he missed out on Musicals Week. Lately, some viewers have accused the show of being a fix but Craig has insisted it is impossible for the judges to “fix” their scores as he revealed what really happens behind the show’s scoring on the night.

Tilly Ramsay was eliminated on Sunday night after facing Rhys Stephenson in the dreaded dance-off. 

Many of those watching, claimed Strictly was fixed as BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker was not facing elimination.

Dan hit back at his critics but Craig has waded in on the fix row, insisting the judges are unable to plot who to save and who to send home.

Craig insisted: “It’s sort of impossible,” explaining the judges score couples immediately after their performance.

The Australian judge revealed: “We have to push that keypad within seven seconds of the dance finishing,” and maintained: “we can’t change our minds.”

He added to Mirror Online: “We have to vote personally on a keypad, and we have to push that keypad within seven seconds of the dance finishing and we can’t change our minds.

“Once we’ve chosen a mark, that is it and we don’t know what the other judges are choosing until it’s too late.

“Not until we get our paddles ready to vote do I know what everyone has voted.”

After contracting the Covid-19 virus, Craig was forced to stay at home and watched the show as a “punter” for the first time.

He admitted it was “really strange for me but I really enjoyed it”.

Craig continued: “It gave me a whole new appreciation for the show because I was watching it not as a judge.”

The dance critic who is known for his consistent fault-finding confessed the dances on the show looked different from the perspective of a viewer.

He continued: “You’re not necessarily watching the footwork.

“I sort of got used to it after the first 10 minutes and then I noticed that I wasn’t judging anymore.

“I noticed that I was watching it as a viewer for entertainment value.”

As a result, Craig now understands why so many viewers have been voting for Dan Walker.

Dan survived yet another week making it through to the quarter-finals along with his professional partner Nadiya Bychkova.

He has appeared near the bottom of the judges’ leaderboard several times but is yet to appear in a dance-off.

Some fans have criticised the BBC Breakfast presenter for his consistently low scores but the sports enthusiast took to Twitter to address those who have shown him support throughout his Strictly journey.

Addressing his 735,200 Twitter followers he wrote: “Thank you to everyone who is sending lovely messages & enjoying us having fun on #Strictly.”

Strictly Come Dancing returns next week at 6:40pm on BBC One.

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