Craig Revel Horwood says worst Christmas gift cost him £20 at customs

Craig Revel Horwood said his worst Christmas gift was that he had to pay £20 to get it out of customs.

As the Strictly Come Dancing judges prepare for a special festival show, the 57-year-old British-Australian choreographer will join Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke to judge six competing celebrities on Strictly Come Dancing’s Christmas show.

Presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkman will also return as hosts.


Strict Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas (Yui Mok/PA)

Before Christmas Day aired, Revel Horwood said: “The best Christmas present I have ever received was my GI Joe helicopter.

“Worst was a towel from Australia for $1.99 and I had to pay £20 at the Post Office to get it out of customs.”

“The best gift was my engagement ring and the worst was the exercise pack,” says Mabuse.

The 41-year-old German-South African dancer runs a dance school in Germany with her husband Evgenij Voznyuk.

Ballas also said she bought “cheap underwear” that after one wash turns into a rag “you’ll use to polish” when the elastic breaks.


Motsi Mabuse is the younger sister of former serious star Oti Mabuse (PA)

Revel Horwood also said his favorite festive song is his own “Merry Christmas” and Rietta Austin, which he added peaked at #25 on the chart.

While Mabuse chose Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You, Du Beke chose Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song and Ballas chose Bing Crosby’s White Christmas.

This year will see competitors like CBeebies host George Webster, who is dancing with professional dancer Amy Dowden, joining Girls Aloud’s Nicola Roberts and Giovanni Pernice and the actor Larry Lamb with Nadiya Bychkova.

Soap actress Alexandra Mardell with Kai Widdrington, DJ Rickie Haywood-Williams with Luba Mushtuk and podcaster Rosie Ramsey, who will team up with Neil Jones, complete the lineup.

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Ballas also said: “I hope we get some nice dancing, some lovely little footwork and some hip wiggles.

“Usually they just have to dance when everyone’s nervous, but I hope they realize it’s a Christmas Special, it’s just for fun.”

“That’s the thing about Christmas seriously, it’s fun,” Du Beke said. It is just wonderful. I love the amazing costumes, the 25ft tall Christmas tree, the way they decorate the studio. It really feels like Christmas.


Anton Du Beke, pictured at the BBC’s Children In Need (Danny Lawson/PA)

Du Beke, 56, also said his favorite moments from the Christmas specials were dancing to singers Tony Christie and Michael Buble.

Mabuse picked up her sister Oti Mabuse’s “incredible” performance with actor Tom Chambers in 2015, and Revel Harwood spoke as he walked down the chimney as the cranky Dr Seus character The Grinch.

– The Serious Dance Christmas Special will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Christmas Day. Craig Revel Horwood says worst Christmas gift cost him £20 at customs

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