Craig Revel Horwood: “Kimberley Walsh needs to canvas for votes to stay on Strictly”
08:01 14 November 2012
Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood says Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh needs win over the public to stay on the show.
Walsh, 30, was in the bottom two in the results show on Sunday despite receiving a high score from the judges the night before for her Viennese Waltz with her professional partner Pasha Kovalev.
Television presenter Fern Britton, 55, was eliminated as the judges unanimously voted to save Walsh.
Revel Horwood, speaking at The Daily Mail Inspirational Women of the Year Awards sponsored by Sanctuary Spa, told BANG Showbiz: “Kimberley Walsh, she needs to go out on the street and start canvassing for votes.
“It’s not the judges that hate her, it’s the public, it seems. So, you know, you’ve got to win the public over whether you like it or not. It’s one of those shows. They have 50 per cent of the vote and I don’t stress that enough.”
The 47-year-old added Walsh ought to learn from former politician Ann Widdecombe, 65, who appeared on the BBC reality competition in 2010.
He said: “Ann Widdecombe knows how to canvas. You know, she’s a politician, knows how to canvas and that’s why she went through 10 weeks. Now Kimberley wants to get out on the streets and do the same thing.”
Revel Horwood also praised the BBC for providing family entertainment with the dancing show, now in its 10th series.
He said: “It transcends any of those pocketed audiences because it appeals to little kids - the new generation, it appeals to the mums and dads, and it appeals to their mums and dads, and, also, the great-grandparents.
“So you’re pleasing everyone. It’s probably the only time that a family will sit down at the telly on a Saturday night and see one another because nowadays with iPods, iPads, ‘i-this’, ‘i-that’, darling, people aren’t eating together, they’re not necessarily being a family together anymore.
“What other show could you see every Saturday from September through till Christmas, with Christmas specials etc, for £150 of your BBC money? It has high production values; they don’t scrimp and save on it.”