Audience members give a guarded reaction to Horwood’s performance


Live TV viewers and the studio audience at the Strictly Come Dancing season opener on Saturday night were left stunned when pantomime villain judge, Craig Revel Horwood, inflated a life-size doll of former Strictly judge, Len Goodman, and begin bumming it vigorously on the desk halfway through the show.

Debutant judge, Shirley Ballas, became visibly furious at one point and tried to pull Horwood off, but fellow judge, Darcy Bussel, intervened and told her to “leave it” and  assured her that he’d, “calm down after he’s shot his bolt”

A spokesperson for the BBC said last night: “We don’t encourage this sort of thing as a rule but we’re going to put it down to first show nerves and the fact that Craig is clearly missing his old friend and judging stalwart.”

It is understood that Horwood’s fellow judges will be given air guns on next week’s show so that they can pop the doll if Horwood tries to shag it again live on air.