Craig Revel Horwood confirms Strictly Come Dancing judges line-up before BBC

The controversial judge may have spoken too soon

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Craig Revel Horwood has revealed who will be returning to the judging panel for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Craig Revel Horwood has revealed who will be on the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel this year (Credit: BBC)

Confirming the news before the BBC, the 53-year-old spilled the beans and said he will be back for another stint.

When asked if the other three judges would be returning too, he replied: “Yes same judges. Shirley is back with us, which will be great.

“Bruno is back and being more Italian than ever. And of course the fabulous Darcey Bussell.

“I think it is a great team and it was really good last year, I can’t wait to get back into it,” he added to

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However, when approached by the publication, the BBC refused to confirm nor deny Craig’s comments.

“The full judges line-up will be announced in due course,” they simply said.

The moody judge also hinted that there could be a major shake up when the series returns to our screens in September.

Craig Revel Horwood thinks he, Shirley Ballas, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli make a ‘great team’ (Credit: BBC)

Asked if he thinks there may be same-sex couples competing in the 2018 series, Craig answered: “There’s no reason — I can’t think of any good reason — why it wouldn’t happen.

“Same-sex couples compete in America, and on other series’ around the world.”

He added to Daily Star Online: “I’d be delighted to see same-sex couples [compete].

“Hopefully sooner rather than later. Who knows, this year could be it!

Craig Revel Horwood is keen to see same-sex couples on Strictly Come Dancing this year (Credit: BBC)

“I’m not actively pushing it, because that’s entirely a decision that the BBC will make, but I wouldn’t be shocked or horrified.”

Last month it was confirmed which professional dancers would be returning to the dance floor this year, but any celebrities are yet to be announced.

Names already being thrown into the mix include Michelle Keegan, Holly Willoughby and Anneka Rice.

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