Strictly star wants show back in Blackpool

BRING Strictly Come Dancing back to Blackpool!

He's known for his acid tongue, but now one of TV's most venomous judges Craig Revel Horwood has made a impassioned plea to bring the hit BBC show back to the resort's famous Tower Ballroom.

The Strictly Come Dancing panellist, said: "Blackpool is ballroom dancing!

"The BBC used to film semi-finals and finals in the Tower Ballroom and the atmosphere was electric. It's huge and has so much history.

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"I love Blackpool and I think it's really sad the BBC don't film Strictly here. I demand it goes back!

"The Tower Ballroom puts a lot of pressure on the professionals and the celebrities to perform to the best of their potential. What a wonderful place to go live to 12 million people!

"We have got to get the BBC to bring Strictly Come Dancing back to Blackpool, everybody has got to write in!"

Craig was in town to open Zavvi - a new music and entertainment store in the Hounds Hill Shopping Centre.Wearing sparkly silver shoes and a matching tie, he certainly looked the part as he shimmied around the Fylde coast signing copies of his autobiography, All Balls and Glitter.

First stop was Zavvi followed by Kirkham bookshop and ice cream parlour SilverDell where there were crowds of fans queuing up to get their hands on the candid autobiography.

Catherine Foster, 43, from Layton, said: "I came along especially today because it's my birthday and my family have treated me to a copy of his book! I watch all the shows, he's a great judge because he's so honest."

Craig, who began his career as a dancer before making his name as director and choreographer, is no stranger to Blackpool having performed in Cats and the concert version of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Winter Gardens, defended his reputation for being Strictly's harshest judge.

He said: "I like to tell people what is wrong about their dancing. I don't beat about the bush - you have to be direct.

"It's a really competitive year this year. There will be four people battling it out for supremacy, Cherie Lunghi, Rachel Stevens, Austin Healey and Tom Chambers."

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