Strictly Come Dancing set for huge shake-up as Craig teases five judges ‘Anton to stay!’

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Craig Revel Horwood has set his sights on a new format for the BBC One dance competition. Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli had to be ruled out of the popular dance show, due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. The decision came after the pandemic impacted the travel industry back in 2019, meaning the choreographer has been absent from the show for the past two seasons. Craig has made a suggestion which would make Strictly Come Dancing history by adding a fifth person to the judging panel.

The Italian ballroom dancer has been replaced on the judging panel this year by professional Anton Du Beke. 

Depending on the government travel guidance, the Italian dancer could be expected to return next year. 

While this may lead to Anton being bumped off the judging panel, Craig has other ideas.

The Australian star argued both judges bring something new to the table. 

Craig explained: ‘I’d love to see Anton stay on permanently and Bruno back.”

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The current Strictly Come Dancing judging panel consists of head judge Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse, Anton and Craig.

Last weekend, Motsi was replaced by Cynthia Erivo after coming into close contact with someone who had tested positive for Covid-19.

Speaking to Mail Online, Craig went on to reveal why a panel of five judges is better than four. 

He detailed: “Bruno adds something Anton can’t and vice-versa, if you look at it that way, so I think they’ve both got different opinions which I think is perfectly good.”

While the idea of five judges appeals to the theatre director, he did admit time would be limited when feedback is given to the celebrities.

Currently the judges have a total of “2 minutes” after every performance to voice their opinions. 

An extra person would mean even less air time than what is currently offered but the 56-year-old author said he was optimistic.

He added: “We would make it count.”

Craig who is known for his harsh feedback on the show is yet to speak to BBC producers about his idea.

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Hoping to spread the word far and wide, the ballroom dancer said: “I’m speaking to the press about it, that’s the way to get it done!”

BBC producers would be making history after 17 years because of their consecutive decision to include four judges.

The performer added: “’You can write about it and then we can make it happen.”

There are currently five celebrities remaining in this year’s series after Tilly Ramsay and partner Nikita Kuzmin were voted off on Sunday.

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The pair performed a Samba to Dua Lipa’s hit song Levitating, as they faced Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu.

The judges were unanimous in choosing to save Rhys and Nancy from elimination after watching their Waltz to You Light Up My Life by Whitney Houston again. 

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 6:40pm on BBC One.

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