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Strictly star Craig feared dance show would be disaster

By Laura Harding

Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood thought the show would be a disaster when it first aired in 2004.

The star was part of the original line-up of judges with Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Arlene Phillips, but thought the programme would not last long.

He said: "Show one, series one, it was May of 2004. I recall it well.

"There were no fanfares and we were creating the show from the beginning. I said, 'It's a terrible idea, what an awful idea. It'll be car-crash television'.

"I said, 'It'll be the end of my career'. And I really thought it would be off in three weeks. Len and I, after the first show, said, 'That was absolutely terrible'."

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