Craig Revel Horwoods Strictly replacement Cynthia Erivo weighs in on Meghan and Harry row

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Wicked actress Cynthia Erivo, 34, is set to step into Craig Revel Horwood’s shoes on the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 judging panel after the series regular tested positive for Covid during the week. The multi-talented star, who is an English actress, singer and songwriter, will be giving her verdict on the couples’ performances this evening, as they take on Musicals Week.

Before her stint as the newest Strictly judge was announced, the star also gave her verdict on Megxit, which saw Meghan Markle and Prince Harry quit their roles as senior members of the Royal Family in 2020.

The decision stunned royal fans at the time, and the couple have been very vocal about the difficulties they experienced within the firm ever since their move to America.

Cynthia was asked to weigh in on the much-discussed situation shortly after Meghan and Harry announced their decision in January 2020.

In a recently unearthed interview, American TV show Extra’s reporter Jenn Lahmers quizzed Cynthia on “the whole Royal Family business that’s going on” at the Critics’ Choice Awards 2020.

Strictly’s guest judge was quick to support Meghan and Harry at the time, as she insisted that despite their move breaching royal protocol, “humanness has to come first”.

Cynthia said: “I think that the two of them should do whatever makes them happy. 

“I think what comes first is their marriage, their relationship, and their child, and I think if they feel like they’re safer and happier where they’re moving to, then that’s what they should do. 

“I know there’s protocol for all these kinds of things, but humanity has to come first, humanness has to come first.”

 

Many YouTube users voiced their approval of Cynthia’s attempt to defend the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Cookies n Cream commented on the clip: “Thank you Cynthia. Well said!!”

A. Loren added: “Absolutely.”

During a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired back in March, Meghan claimed that her mental health had suffered as a result of becoming a senior member of the Royal Family.

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She also discussed the racism she had faced after moving to the UK to live with husband Prince Harry.

Meanwhile, Oscar-nominated star Cynthia has revealed she was “delighted” to be joining Strictly’s judging panel.

The West End and Broadway actress said: “Musicals have a unique place in my heart, it’s such a special way of connecting all art and making it one.

“I’m excited to bring my experience to the show and I can’t wait to see what the couples have in store this weekend.”

Cynthia is set to star as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, in the upcoming film rendition of the musical Wicked, with Ariana Grande starring as the witch Galinda.

She previously portrayed iconic songstress Aretha Franklin in the TV series Genius: Aretha, and has starred in films including Harriet and Widows.

Craig is currently away from the show self-isolating and producers hope he will be able to make a comeback to the panel next week.

Seven couples remain to compete in the highly anticipated Musicals Week on Strictly. 

Tonight, viewers will be treated to the contestants performing to songs from shows like The Sound Of Music, Les Misérables, Frozen and Matilda.

Strictly airs tonight at 6.35pm on BBC One.

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