Craig Revel-Horwood reveals new 'curse' is sweeping Strictly Come Dancing this year

CRAIG Revel Horwood has revealed a new "curse" has threatened Strictly Come Dancing this year – and it's nothing like the usual one.

Judge Craig, 56, touched on the recent eliminations from the competition, pointing out the similarities in the circumstances.

He said: "I do get why people are talking about Strictly's new 'curse' – celebs getting voted off having missed a week.

"We had it happen to Ugo Monye after his back injury, Judi Love after testing positive for Covid."

And Craig had some simple advice for the remaining contestants. He told Best: "I say, don't miss a week if you can avoid it! As they say in showbiz, don't go off stage – there's always someone else in the wings, waiting to take your place…"

Loose Women's Judi, 41, was axed from the show following a dance-off with Olympic swimmer Adam Peaty, a week after she missed the show due to contracting Covid.

And rugby star Ugo, 38, became the fourth person to leave the competition this year, after missing the previous week due to ongoing back problems.

He said at the time: "I have a history of back problems which has always been managed under the guidance of medical professionals. Unfortunately this has been causing me some unwanted problems this week!"

Craig previously opened up about the so-called Strictly curse, saying that he actually sees it as a blessing!

Over the past 19 series, a number of celebrities have split from their partners after appearing on the show – notably including Stacey Dooley breaking up with her partner of three years and getting together with pro Kevin Clifton, and Neil and Katya Jones separating after she was pictured kissing Seann Walsh.

But Craig said: "I look forward to the curse every year because I never think of it as a curse, I always considered that a blessing.

"It’s better meeting someone at work isn’t it? Someone you are dancing with and getting to know and fall in love.

"Rather that than a dating app. That’s how everyone has to meet these days."

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