Strictly Come Dancing 2019: Former star speaks out on judges clashing

Motsi Mabuse, 38, and Craig Revel Horwood, 54, have been offering their critique of this year’s line-up for several weeks now, with the contestants continuing to wrack up the scores. Having competed on Strictly Come Dancing last year, Casualty star Charles Venn, 46, has addressed the reports the judges are clashing over the performers.

Back in week two, Motsi and Craig seemed to clash when in came to offering critique on Viscountess Emma Weymouth’s, 33, Tango routine with professional dancer Aljaz Skorjanec, 29.

As the stalwart panelist offered a strongly opposed view to the rest of the judges, with the newcomer shooing her co-star as she joked about his critique.

Craig has since spoken out about his working relationship with Motsi, stating there is no bad blood between them and in fact praised her more positive outlook.

Having been critiqued by the panel last year when performing with Venezuelan dancer Karen Hauer, 37, former soap star Charles has said different critiques can be a good thing.


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Speaking in an exclusive interview with, the former contestant said of the judge’s decision: “It’s subjective at the end of the day.

“They’re individuals, they all have individual thoughts and perceptions on things.

“Yeah, some of them will agree, especially when there’s been a fantastic performance, but then you’re going to get one who may think otherwise or who’s going to be very pedantic about particular steps etc.”

On his view about the clash of opinions, Charles added: “I think it’s fine. It’s great some of them have polarised opinions on the performances.”

That’s great. That’s what you want

Charles Venn

The actor said of what the contestants wanting to improve should hear: “That’s great. That’s what you want.”

Casualty star Charles also spoke about his opinion on Motsi, as the newcomer was announced as Dame Darcey Bussell’s, 50, replacement ahead of the new series.

“She’s a brilliant judge. I had the pleasure of meeting her when I went on to It Takes Two the other day,” the former star recalled.

“A lovely, warm lady. She’s eloquent, bubbly, energetic, warm, genuine.

“Those are the impressions I get from her and she just gives really constructive critiquing,” the soap star added.

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“I feel as though each time the contestants are in front of her, I think they take something so positive from her critiquing.”

“She’s a great addition to the judging panel,” Charles commented.

Speaking on Loose Women earlier this month, Craig couldn’t speak more highly of the new panelist and his admiration of her work.

“Oh she’s fantastic!” the Strictly stalwart exclaimed.


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“Nine years experience in Germany, she knows exactly whats she’s talking about,” he continued, referring to her past as a judge on the European edition of the dance show.

“She’s brilliant, she’s fantastic to have on the show and I adore sitting next to her.”

Turning to the 12 contestants still competing for the Glitterball Trophy, it seems soap star Kelvin Fletcher is storming ahead in eyes of fans to claim the title.

According to latest odds from Coral bookmakers, the Emmerdale actor is at 10-11 to win the show with professional dancer, Oti Mabuse, 29.

Strictly Come Dancing 2019 continues Saturday at 6.40pm on BBC One.

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