Strictly Come Dancing judge announces move to music with debut solo album

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17 Jun 2024, 09:55

Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas on Strictly Come Dancing, microphones on a stage

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Forget the glitterball trophy! One Strictly Come Dancing star has their sights on the top of the charts. 

Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood has announced he’ll be releasing his debut solo album, called Revelations: Songs Boys Don’t Sing, later this year.

The record, which will drop on 18th October, is “a perfect blend of drama, pathos, romance and a touch of high camp,” according to the TV star. 



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Craig will promote the release of his first-ever album with debut single This Is My Life, originally a hit for Dame Shirley Bassey. 

Alongside his fresh takes on classic hits, the ballroom expert will also be heading out on a 53-date tour in April. He’ll perform at London’s Union Chapel on April 26, with the tour set to end in Scotland's Dunfermline on June 28.

If Craig’s switch over to music sounds right up your street, then you’re in luck, as tickets are already on sale for his tour, which he promises to be a "'Fab-U-Lous' night of glamour, tall tales and big songs" from the album.

The longest-serving Strictly judge revealed in a statement: “I am thrilled to announce the release of my debut album! It's a momentous occasion for me, and I can't wait to share the songs I've carefully chosen.

"Throughout my musical journey, I've had the privilege of performing as both a dancer and a singer in numerous musicals. However, this album holds a special place in my heart as I've had the opportunity to select songs that truly resonate with me.”

He continued: "Each track on the album is traditionally associated with female singers, which presented a delightful challenge.

"I embraced this opportunity to record these songs, knowing that it might be my only chance to give them my own interpretation.”

Craig concluded: "Thank you for joining me on this incredible musical journey. I can't wait for you to experience the magic of my album!"

The Australian born choreographer is no stranger to the stage, having starred in many productions and pantomimes over the years, including playing the role of Miss Hannigan in the touring production of Annie. He also directed and choreographed the UK tour of the musical Sister Act.

Despite his move into music, Craig recently confirmed he’s very much sticking around on the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel. 

During a chat on ITV’s Lorraine back in January, the author reiterated that he’s not quitting Strictly, despite recent rumours to the contrary. 

“I am not leaving,” he said.

On who he’d love to see hit the Strictly line-up this year, Craig revealed he’d love to see a judge from a different show take to the dance floor. 

“I would love to see Simon Cowell on it,” he confessed. 

Speaking about why he would like the X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent judge to pull on his dancing shoes, the Strictly star said: “I think he’d suit the costumes, his wit would be brilliant, and his dry sense of humour. I would love it. It’d be so good. A little bit of a taste of his own medicine I suppose."

Craig Revel Horwood’s debut album, Revelations: Songs Boys Don’t Sing, is out on 18th October. Tour tickets and details can be found on