CRAIG REVEL-HORWOOD sees Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton’s surprise liaison as a Strictly success story – despite Stacey’s ex Sam Tucknott being heartbroken.
In a new interview, the catty Aussie-born judge said: “I hope they live happily ever after.
“It will be another Strictly success story. I never call it the Strictly curse, I call it the Strictly blessing. People need to fall in love.”
Devastated Sam branded Kevin a “slimy snake” after finding a text from the Grimsby-born dancer telling TV host Stacey: “I love you”.
Craig, who has just finished judging Dancing With The Stars in Australia, said he was shocked Darcey Bussell had left Strictly — and tipped former X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger to replace her.
The Sun told last week how BBC bosses were also keen to get Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta lined up for the job.
Darcey quit as Strictly judge recently over a pay row.
Craig added: “I love her and we’ve got on so well over the last seven years.
“But people like to move on and she wants to do other things. I encourage that, and change is good.”
On Nicole, he said: “She’d be fabulous.
“And Anton Du Beke definitely wants to do it. I’d love to see Nicole, or Carlos Acosta.
“But nobody has actually expressed anything to me. And I’m generally the last to find out.”
Whoever they choose, I’m sure Craig will put them through their paces.
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Bump-er time for Stacey
STACEY SOLOMON is in full bloom as she and her bump water the garden.
The Loose Women favourite is expecting her third child, her first with boyfriend Joe Swash.
He captioned the Instagram post pic “#sexy” as the couple had fun in the sun on Saturday.
Her shorts fit like mine after all the Easter eggs I’ve eaten this weekend.
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LIFE'S A DRAG FOR LORRAINE
SHE has dealt with enough divas on her ITV show, so I think Lorraine Kelly will have no qualms knocking a few drag queens into shape.
The Sun columnist has landed a plum job as a guest judge on the UK version of cult series RuPaul’s Drag Race.
The Scottish presenter will sit on the panel alongside drag queen Rupaul, Michelle Visage and another celeb on BBC3 later this year.
The Sun recently told how Cheryl Tweedy had signed up to appear on the show, with Graham Norton and Alan Carr also announced as guest stars.
Lorraine tried to get Cher to appear on the US version of the hit last year, saying: “You have to go on RuPaul’s Drag Race, please.
“They would spontaneously combust if you were on that.”
If Lorraine can convince Cher to take part, they should make her a permanent judge.
VICTORIA writer Daisy Goodwin believes the royals mastered social media a while back. She told Radio Times role models Victoria and Albert“perfected the Insta life 150 years before Meghan Markle discovered Instagram”.
Hayley's Easter present
FORMER Emmerdale actress Hayley Tamaddon thought the chances of her becoming a mum had gone at the age of 42 – but now she is delighted to confirm she is pregnant.
Hayley shared the happy news on Twitter yesterday with her 126,000 followers.
She posted a snap of herself in the sunshine while holding her bump.
She wrote: “EXCITING NEWS TWEET!! I’m so pleased to tell you all . . . I’m expecting my first child with my wonderful boyfriend Adrian.
“I’ve always wanted to be a mum and didn’t think I could have children.
“And now, at the ripe old age of 42 – I’M PREGNANT! We couldn’t be happier.”
It’s an Easter gift that’s truly priceless.
PHIL continues to search for Louise at the docks in EASTENDERS, but as he leaves Danny a threatening message, he’s whacked from behind.
Back in Albert Square, Kathy tells a shocked Sharon that Ben only returned because of Phil’s financial troubles.
Despite the danger, they agree it is best not to contact the police.
Kush finds Kat helping a drunken Mo into bed.
Meanwhile, there is trouble in EMMERDALE, when Max turns up at Tall Trees cottage and threatens Billy’s family, leading to a vicious fight.
Elsewhere, Aaron and Robert worry that their surrogacy dream is over when Natalie learns of Aaron and Liv’s criminal past.
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