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19th Nov 2021

Cynthia Erivo will be stepping in for Craig Revel Horwood on this week’s Strictly

Sarah McKenna Barry

Craig is currently in isolation after testing positive for Covid.

Earlier this week, BBC announced that Craig Revel Horwood would be missing form the judges’ table on tomorrow night’s episode of Strictly Come Dancing after he tested positive for Covid-19.

Thankfully, Strictly has bagged a replacement so judging on the show will not be affected.

The award-winning actor and singer Cynthia Erivo will be stepping into Craig’s shoes as she joins Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke and Shirley Ballas.

Speaking ahead of her Strictly appearance, Cynthia said: “I’m so excited to be joining the Strictly judging panel for musicals week.

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

She added: “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.”

Erivo is certainly up for the task of judging tomorrow night’s episode, particularly given the fact that it’s musicals week, an area she has a wealth of experience in. The London born star has graced both the West End and Broadway with roles in a number of musicals, including How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and The Last Five Years.

In 2016, she won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her performance as Celie in The Color Purple.

On top of that, Cynthia was just cast to play Elphaba in the highly-anticipated film adaption of Wicked. 

As for Craig, it’s understood that he will return when he is better and can produce a negative Covid-19 test.

The judge isn’t the only cast member who has had to miss a show after testing positive for the virus. Celebrity participants Judi Love and Tom Fletcher have both missed episodes due to Covid.