Cynthia Erivo to replace Craig Revel Horwood as guest judge for Strictly’s musicals week

Multi award-winning singer and actor Cynthia Erivo has been revealed as the new guest judge as she stands in for Craig Revel Horwood.

She will join the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel this weekend for their musicals special.

It was announced earlier this week that Craig Revel Horwood had tested positive for Covid-19 and would have to miss Strictly’s musical week as he needs to self-isolate.

Cynthia will be stepping into Craig’s shoes and will join Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke, and Head Judge Shirley Ballas on Saturday’s main show and Sunday’s results show (November 20 and 21).

Strictly judging panel

London born Cynthia Erivo has starred in numerous theatre productions across the globe, including Broadway’s revival of The Colour Purple, the Sister Act UK Tour and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

She played the lead role of Aretha Franklin in the third series of Genius, the title role in acclaimed biopic Harriet.

The star is also currently filming for the new Luther movie and will star as Elphaba in the highly anticipated upcoming film adaptation of musical, Wicked.

The 34-year-old has won a Daytime Emmy Award, Grammy Award and Tony Award, and been nominated for two Academy Awards (Oscars).

Speaking on stepping into the judging seat for this weekend’s musical special, Cynthia said: “I’m so delighted 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.

“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.”

Strictly Come Dancing Musicals Week will see our remaining couples perform routines live to showtunes from some of the most loved musicals of all time.

The hit dancing competition will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Saturday November 20 from 6.35pm, with the results show on Sunday November 21 from 7.15pm.