Strictly Come Dancing: Craig Revel Horwood drops HUGE hint about Shirley Ballas' pay

The 52-year-old has been on the panel since it first began in 2004 but missed out to Shirley on replacing Len Goodman and taking over as head judge.

But ‘Mr Nasty’ has revealed he never would have wanted the role anyway as it isn’t in his “nature” and said he wouldn’t be receiving any more money for the top job.

“It would have been wrong for me because I would have had to become a smiley mediator which isn’t in my nature,” Craig told Radio Times.

He added: “Besides, you don’t get any more money.”

British star Shirley is a former World Champion, European, German, United Kingdom, United States and International Latin American Champion.

And Craig seems eager to work alongside her as he praised her talents, he said: “She’s a brilliant dance trainer, although she has been a TV judge only once or twice in America, just as a guest

“I think she will be great because she has more knowledge than any of the other judges, including me, although telly requires more than that.

But there is one change the Australian dancer does want to see on this year’s show as he admitted he would like BBC bosses to make the number of votes each couple gets every week public to avoid any “fix” claims.

“I only wish they’d make the figures from the phone vote public, to stop talk of it being fixed. But if one celeb gets 13 million votes and another gets two, it might not go down well.”

Craig and new judge Shirley will be joining returning favourites Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli on the panel when the competition returns in a couple of months time.

And as anticipation mounts for this year’s series, This Morning host Ruth Langsford and former X Factor winner Alexander Burke have been thrown into a mix of names rumoured to be competing.

Strictly Come Dancing returns this autumn on BBC One.

Read the full interview with Craig Revel Horwood in this week’s issue of Radio Times out now. 

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