Strictly Come Dancing judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and Shirley Ballas have lots to say about how Seann Walsh and Katya Jones’s kissing scandal will impact the BBC One competition.
Seann and Katya are fresh off a very awkward It Takes Two interview where they again tried to explain being photographed kissing in the street, making the subject a hot topic for the Strictly judges on this week’s Jonathan Ross Show.
“I think of it as a blessing, actually, to be honest,” the ever-controversial Craig Revel Horwood quipped when asked about the drama. “When you think of the success stories, obviously the point you’re making in the question is very, very different because one person is married, the other one had a girlfriend.
“But my point in this entire thing is, if you come on Strictly, sometimes you are in a relationship of course that is not working anyway and people, I have noticed, that if they are in love or are married, end up being absolutely faithful to one another because of that love.
“It doesn’t mean you’re going to fall in love with your partner at any given point. They are actors, aren’t they?”
When Jonathan brought up the idea of a Strictly curse, Darcey countered: “I danced for over 20 years in the Royal Ballet and I’m still happily married.”
Head judge Shirley Ballas wasn’t as lucky, admitting: “I was married twice and it was disastrous both times in my industry.”
Craig also argued that messy relationship drama happens in any profession — it’s only highlighted in Strictly because there are cameras around. Jonathan disagreed, pointing out that contestants on Strictly spend every day in very close physical contact away from the “realities of life”.
“You’re right in a way that you are up, close and personal with that person but there has to be something wrong in your relationship before it all goes awry, anyway,” Craig conceded.
The host also quizzed the Strictly judges on a few of the biggest questions coming out of this week’s scandal — firstly, whether it was wise to change Seann and Katya’s dance from the originally-planned rumba to the less-sexy Charleston.
“I wanted to see the Rumba, the dance of love, I’m sure everyone wants to see that,” Craig admitted. “That’s one of my favourite dances, as well.
“You still have to act through it. But I think they’re doing a Charleston this week which is great fun, very splashy, very jazz hand-ish.”
Asked if Seann and Katya should have been booted from the show for their indiscretion, Craig was his usual flippant self: “My take was keep them in the show, make them do the Dance of Shame, if you like.
“I’m just saying it’s really important that if this does happen to you, you face up to it and you either, as they’ve done, apologise which is absolutely fine but get on with the job and show people what you’re made of and show people, ‘Okay, this is what I did, I’ve been employed to do this job, I’m going to go on, do the job, get on with it and do it well and do it professionally’.”
Head judge Shirley encouraged the public to judge Seann and Katya on the merits of their dancing this Saturday night, rather than on their personal failings.
“I would like to think that [fans] judge the dancing and not the relationship or anything else, that it’s purely down to what they see on the viewing on a Saturday evening and that they judge the dancing,” she told Jonathan.
“We are professional,” Craig added. “The public might go one of two ways, the other way is to keep them in to see what happens. There is of course that.”
Strictly Come Dancing continues this Saturday (October 13) at 6.40pm on BBC One. The Jonathan Ross Show airs the same night at 9.50pm on ITV.
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