Good Morning Britain‘s Susanna Reid leapt to her co-host Ranvir Singh’s defence on Wednesday, after her moves on Strictly Dome Dancing were branded ‘dreadful’.
Ranvir, who competed on Strictly late last year, was reading from the prepared script while introducing the show’s judge Craig Revel Horwood, and was taken aback by a line which quoted him as giving a less-than-flattering assessment of her dancing.
Reading the line-up, Ranvir, 43, said: ‘And last time he was on, he called me “dreadful”… I can’t believe you’re making me read this out!
Defence: Good Morning Britain’s Susanna Reid (left) leapt to her co-host Ranvir Singh’s (right) defence on Wednesday, after her moves on Strictly Dome Dancing were branded ‘dreadful’
‘Acid-tongued judge Craig, though he was actually lovely to me behind the scenes, is here to reveal what we expect from Strictly this year. The tours are back on this year, which is exciting!’
As cameras returned to the studio, a visibly stunned Ranvir asked Susanna, 50: ‘He didn’t call me dreadful, did he Susanna?’
Susanna replied: ‘He didn’t! I don’t know who wrote that – that’s very mischievous! Because I think what he said was that you were hard done by with the jive. But your ballroom dancing was a pure dream – and your jive was full of fun and verve!’
Taking it in stride, Ranvir joked: ‘That’s what you’re saying – he didn’t say that, did he? I mean, I haven’t spoken to him since so we’ll see. That’ll be fun!’
Unflattering: Ranvir was introducing the show’s judge Craig Revel Horwood, and was taken aback by a line which quoted him as giving a less-than-flattering assessment of her dancing
Once Craig, 56, arrived on the show, Ranvir quipped of the upcoming Strictly tours: ‘Craig will be disappointed I won’t be on. I am sure you are hugely disappointed not to see my dreadful jive again, aren’t you Craig?’
Craig replied: ‘No, I was looking forward to see you actually one of best Argentine tangos I think I have ever seen – something we would love on tour, are you kidding? You are great, by the way. I thought you were fantastic on the show – brilliant!’
However, Craig did, indeed, brand Ranvir’s moves ‘dreadful’, when he appeared on GMB back in December, shortly after she narrowly missed out on a place in the final with her professional partner Giovanni Pernice.
Discussing winner Bill Bailey’s success on the show, Craig said: ‘He really works hours and hours on end to perfect it, and that’s where he’s brilliant.
Jive talking: Ranvir and her professional partner Giovanni Pernice were eliminated from Strictly one week ahead of the final, after her jive received low scores from the judges
‘And he’s been able to lay his hand, his dance hand, to any style and you saw last Saturday, Ranvir and that dreadful jive she did – it wasn’t good at all.’
Recently-departed host Piers then interjected: ‘Alright, alright! Alright Ebeneezer Scrooge, you can’t come on Good Morning Britain and start trashing our own.’
Susanna also defended her at the time, adding: ‘Do you know what, to the untrained eye she looks fabulous at jive. I don’t know what you’re talking about!’
In his signature sassy style, Craig said: ‘Well she had a great smile through it, darling.’
During his latest interview on Wednesday morning, Craig discussed the upcoming Strictly tours, once the lockdown rules have been all but eliminated on 21 June.
Reassurance: As cameras returned to the studio, a visibly stunned Ranvir asked fellow presenter Susanna, ‘He didn’t call me dreadful, did he Susanna?’
He said: ‘Theatres have been closed over a year now – the entire industry, let alone restaurants, bars surround them and really heavily rely on them.’
Craig discussed reports that judges Bruno Tonioli and Motsi Mabuse may not be returning to the show, thanks to other projects.
He said: ‘We are hoping Bruno comes back – we really want him in the seat, whether he stays in the seat or not, he generally jumps up and down like a yo-yo.
‘We want him back but if he can’t come back, we will do what we did last time – just do the live stream across the studio.’
Focusing on Motsi, he went on: ‘I think she would be mad doing a German tour rather than Strictly. I take the Saturdays off to do panto, so as long as she can safely get there for the Saturday, she will be absolutely fine!’
Pure dream: Susanna said, ‘I think what he said was that you were hard done by with the jive. But your ballroom dancing was a pure dream – and your jive was full of fun and verve!’
Of the show’s return, he continued: ‘I am really looking forward to it. The BBC did an amazing job – there are protocols in place for every situation.
‘You will get Strictly and a much fuller version. Last year, we had to isolate in time for the start so it was a month later, it’s the full version this year.’
He also touched on the possibility of another same-sex couple competing in the ballroom, following in the footsteps of last year’s groundbreaking partners Nicola Adams and pro dancer Katya Jones.
‘I’d love to see a male one or another girl one,’ Craig said. ‘It doesn’t bother me, as long as people are dancing together. We may even see them on the Strictly tour. We may get to see two extra dancers there!’
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Scores: Before her final week on Strictly, Ranvir landed consistently high scores from judges