Strictly’s new judge revealed as Craig Revel Horwood is forced to miss show due to Covid

Strictly Come Dancing has announced it will replace judge Craig Revel Horwood with Tony award winner Cynthia Erivo on the show this weekend.

The news comes as the BBC competition's original judge Craig, 56, has unfortunately contracted COVID-19 and won't be able to attend the next instalment.

It's a shame considering it will see the couples performing in the highly-anticipated musicals week, but fans can instead look forward to actress-singer Cynthia delivering her own particular brand of critique to the celebrities.

It also makes sense given the star was recently cast as bad witch Elphaba in the film adaptation of popular musical Wicked.

The 34 year old star will be joining Motsi Mabuse, head judge Shirley Ballas and Anton Du Beke on the judging panel.

"I’m so delighted to be joining the Strictly judging panel for Musicals Week," the actress shared in a statement.

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

The performer went on to say she's looking forward to using her personal wealth of experience in the theatre and stage to judge the contestants on Strictly.

"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," she added.

Fans can expect all sorts of surprised this weekend and all sorts of musical performances await.

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice are performing a Quickstep to the Disney favourite Love is an Open Door.

Rhys Stephens and Nancy Xu are performing an energetic Jive to the title song in Footloose.

While AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington are taking on the epic track Edelweiss from The Sound of Music.

Other notable dances include BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker dancing a Charleston to Singin' In The Rain with his professional dance partner Nadiya Bychkova, and McFly's Tom Fletcher will be trying a Couples Choice to the Les Miserables hit On My Own.

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 6.40pm on BBC One.

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