Strictly Come Dancing Judge Craig Revel Horwood has opened up about Brendan Cole after he was axed from the dancing show and thinks it was a "good time" for Brendan to leave the show.
Angry Strictly viewers set up a petition last year after it was announced that the 42-year-old professional dancer - who has been on the show since its launch in 2004 - would not be returning for the forthcoming series. Craig however, who has known Brendan for years, thinks his departure couldn't have come at a better time because he can now "build" his career.
Speaking to OK! magazine, Craig said: "I think it was a good time for Brendan to go. He's got a fantastic platform and can now build his career. You can't dance forever. I left dancing when I was 30 and pursued another career."
It was previously claimed that Brendan's axe had something to do with his feud with head judge Shirley Ballas after the pair locked horns live on national television when she criticised some of the footwork he had choreographed.
Craig snapped: "I don't think it was anything to do with Shirley - that's a load of rubbish."
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Why Brendan Cole is swapping Strictly for panto
Fans of the professional dancer, will be pleased to hear he isn't leaving the spotlight for long. After he was axed from Strictly Come Dancing earlier this year, Brendan is set to star in the upcoming production of 'Snow White' in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
According to The Sun newspaper, Brendan will be starring in the role of Prince Charming and be paid a huge £150,000 for his performances.
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Why Craig thinks Strictly will be "better without" Brendan
After a devastated Brendan recently announced he was being axed from the next series of Strictly Come Dancing, judge Craig has revealed he thinks it will be "better without Brendan".
Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, Craig said, " Strictly will be better without Brendan ... More fool him. The show’s done him wonders. It’s done us all wonders. It’s been fantastic. I would never complain about it. It’s given us all platforms on which to stand. How many dancers in their life get a job that will last 15 years? Not many. Be grateful."
Meanwhile, head Strictly judge, Shirley, has praised Brendan after the two clashed on numerous occasions on the celebrity talent show, dismissing any talk of issues between them. "I don’t have any recollection on a personal level of bridges ever being broken or rebuilt between me and Brendan" She revealed to HELLO! Magazine.
"He is an amazing dancer, an amazing person, whose career I have followed for many, many years and I’m extremely proud of what he’s achieved both at work and at home.
"One of the things people learn with me is I don’t need to pull someone else down to build myself up and I will live and die by that rule.
"There has been no face-to-face confrontation and all I can say is I wish him, his wife and their two beautiful children well because, whatever he does next, I know he will bring 100 per cent to his role."
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Why Strictly bosses are already missing Brendan
We were so shocked to here the news that Strictly professional dancer, Brendan Cole was being axed from the next series of the show earlier this year, after 13 years. But now, it seems BBC bosses may be regretting their decision as they struggle to find a replacement for the 6'1 dancer.
According to The Sun, Strictly is struggling to find a male professional dancer as tall as Brendan, as a source revealed to the sun:
'Many of the show's professionals may look tall and hunky on screen, but in reality they're often a lot shorter.
'Most ballroom dancers are naturally shorter than most average men so it's proving trickier than expected.'
Could Anton be next to leave Strictly?
Strictly Come Dancing fans were left reeling yesterday at the news that veteran Brendan Cole had been axed from the programme. Now we’re worrying that Yours favourite Anton Du Beke might not be safe either.
The pair are the last remaining professional dancers who have been in the show since it first aired back in May 2004. Now the Daily Express source has claimed that Anton is yet to hear from BBC bosses about whether he’ll be back.
Anton is the oldest dancer in the group at 51, but carries himself beautifully and has proved a very nurturing and generous partner to various celebrities over the years. Last year was an important one for Anton, as his wife Hannah delivered twins – a boy and a girl – so he’ll no doubt be keen to remain on the dance floor with two little mouths to feed!
Brendan Cole has always been a much more dramatic character than Anton, and has speculated that his contract not being renewed may come as a result of arguments with the judges. He appeared close to tears as he told presenter Lorraine Kelly: “I’m a little bit in shock. I’m quite emotional, a bit raw about it.”
Brendan won the first series with newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, although the press were more interested in the rumours of romance between the pair – his split from fiancée (and fellow professional dancer) Camilla Dallerup only fanning the flames. Meanwhile Anton, whose partners have included Esther Rantzen, Jerry Hall and – memorably – Ann Widdecombe, is yet to lift the glitterball trophy. But he did reach the final of series 13 with partner Katie Derham. Outside of Strictly, he’s danced professionally with partner Erin Boag since 1997.
Anton Du Beke’s Strictly partners over the years:
- Lesley Garrett
- Esther Rantzen
- Patsy Palmer
- Jan Ravens
- Kate Garraway
- Gillian Taylforth
- Laila Rouass
- Ann Widdecombe
- Nancy Dell’Olio
- Jerry Hall
- Fiona Fullerton
- Judy Murray
- Katie Derham
- Lesley Joseph
- Ruth Langsford
We’re hoping that Anton remains in place for the next series – when it comes to looking dapper on the dancefloor, no one can touch him. Come on Strictly bosses – give him a partner worthy of his talent!