Strictly Come Dancing announces Cynthia Erivo will replace Craig Revel Horwood as judge

By Phoebe Jobling

Strictly Come Dancing has announced Craig Revel Horwood's replacement ahead of Saturday's show.

Set to join the panel as a guest judge this weekend is multi-award winning singer and actor Cynthia Erivo.

The talented star will be stepping in for Craig - who is missing this week's show as he is self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19.

Cynthia will join Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke, and Head Judge Shirley Ballas for Musicals Week.

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Strictly's Musicals Week will see the remaining couples perform routines to songs from some of the most-loved musicals of all time.

London-born Cynthia Erivo is the perfect choice to judge this week having starred in numerous theatre productions across the globe, including Broadway’s revival of The Colour Purple and the Sister Act UK Tour.

Cynthia is currently filming for the new Luther movie and will also star as Elphaba in the upcoming film adaptation of musical Wicked.

She has won a Daytime Emmy Award, Grammy Award and Tony Award, and been nominated for two Oscars.

Cynthia Erivo is a multi-award winning singer and actor (Getty Images for Metro-Goldwyn-M)

In response to joining the judges panel, Cynthia said: “I’m so delighted to be joining the Strictly judging panel for Musicals Week.

"Musicals have a unique place in my heart, it’s such a special way of connecting all art and making it one.

"I’m excited to bring my experience to the show and I can’t wait to see what the couples have in store this weekend.”

Earlier this week a Strictly spokesperson confirmed Craig Revel Horwood had tested positive for Covid-19 and will be self-isolating in line with current Government guidelines. .

But 'all being well, he will return the following weekend', they said.

Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday November 20 at 6:35pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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