Strictly’s Craig Revel Horwood exit ‘confirmed’ as emotional speech examined

He is known for being the panto villain on the BBC One ballroom competition, who regularly delivers harsh criticism to the contestants each week.

But Craig Revel Horwood surprised fans during the live final of Strictly Come Dancing this week when he became overwhelmed with emotion. The 58-year-old struggled to remain composed as he watched Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola be crowned the 2023 series winner.

After the show, the judge took to social media to congratulate the beloved BBC show after another successful series. He wrote: “One of the most amazing finals I've ever had the pleasure of watching tonight!

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“Thank you Strictly for being fab-u-lous and keeping us all entertained throughout the Christmas season. Happy Christmas everyone.

“Have a wonderful holiday season and may the new year bring you many incredible memories and adventures!” Following his heartfelt message, fans have shared their concerns that the long-term judge may be handing up his dancing shoes for good in the new year.

Now, body language expert Judi James has revealed to The Mirror that the TV personality, who has starred on the show since 2004, could be readying himself for a departure that is sure to leave fans gutted. After watching the live final, she explained that the star has finally to give fans an insight into his real personality.

She explained: “His sudden display of softer emotions and even appearing to have been overwhelmed by those emotions was not actually out of character for Craig in terms of his real personality. What was out of character was that he chose to reveal them on live TV for a good half of the show.

“Craig was openly tearful and overwhelmed at times. Tears might flow like Niagara Falls on Strictly but Craig’s were authentic, and fans are right to wonder what was prompting them.”

During Ellie’s final performance, the star thoughtfully said “This is the last time I will get to speak to you” which Judi emphasised was a sign of the star’s struggle with his emotions so close to the surface.

The expert argued that the sincerity of his emotions was only supported by the reaction to his fellow judges on the show. Judi explained: “The other three judges all look and smiled but Motsi, who seems the closest friend to Craig, stretched an arm out to offer a consoling squeezing of his shoulder.”

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The dancer previously confessed his plans leave the show when he reaches 60. When asked he is ever contemplates taking a break from the glamorous show, Craig admitted: “I’ll do that when I’m 60, hang up my shoes and enjoy life.

“But I'm working hard while I can, especially as I love what I do. It keeps me on my toes, darlings!” Fans will have to stay tuned to see if the long-running judge will continue to judge on the show next year.

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