Kevin Clifton, Stacey Dooley and Cynthia Erivo among fan favorites to join Strictly Come Dancing judging panel

Craig Revel Horwood to leave Strictly Come Dancing in 2025

Craig Revel Horwood, who has been a judge on Strictly Come Dancing since 2004, has announced that he plans to leave the show in 2025.

Potential replacements

Several potential replacements for Horwood have been suggested, including:

  • Giovanni Pernice: The Italian-born star has been a professional dancer on Strictly since 2015 and won the glitterball trophy in 2021.
  • Kevin Clifton and Stacey Dooley: The couple met and fell in love while partnered on Strictly in 2018. Clifton is a former Strictly professional dancer, while Dooley is a journalist and TV presenter.
  • Cynthia Erivo: The actress and singer stepped in for Horwood and Motsi Mabuse on Strictly in 2021 when they tested positive for Covid-19.
  • Fleur East: The singer and presenter finished as runner-up on Strictly in 2022.
  • Johannes Radebe: The South African dancer has been a professional dancer on Strictly since 2019.


Only time will tell who will replace Horwood on the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel. However, the above-mentioned dancers are all talented and experienced individuals who would be excellent additions to the show.

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