Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood caused a stir with viewers last night after making a “childish” remark about Bobby Brazier’s appearance. After Bobby’s performance of the Foxtrot with Dianne Buswell, where he received positive reviews from the other judges, Craig’s first comment was rather bizarre.
Addressing Bobby, Craig said: “You do have the length of bone, you see my darling, for ballroom. Long and lean. It all looks great.” While the intention behind the comment was to be complimentary, viewers found it strange and took to social media to express their opinions.
Some viewers felt that Craig’s comment was unnecessary and asked him to “leave Bobby’s length of bone alone.” Others described the remark as “childish” and suggested that Craig should calm down. However, despite the controversy surrounding his comment, Bobby received high praise for his frame and storytelling in his performance.
In terms of the overall rankings, Bobby found himself joint second on the leaderboard after his first performance. Casualty star Nigel Harman topped the leaderboard with 32 points, while Bobby achieved 29 points along with Ex Coronation Street star Ellie Leach, Layton Williams, and Amanda Abbington. Angela Scanlon, Eddie Kadi, and Krishnan Guru-Murthy followed closely behind with 22 points.
Strictly Come Dancing will return on Saturday for the second performances, after which the voting will open. Viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite celebrities, and on Sunday night, one contestant will be eliminated from the competition.
The controversy surrounding Craig’s comment highlights the importance of being mindful of the impact our words can have, especially when they are directed towards someone’s appearance. It is crucial to remember that body-shaming and making unnecessary remarks are hurtful and can contribute to a negative body image culture. Let’s hope for more positive and constructive feedback in the future episodes of Strictly Come Dancing.