In an interview with The Mirror earlier this month, Len admitted he thinks the show has gone through some big changes since he stepped down from the panel, and suggested they weren’t all for the better.
Calling for Strictly to go “back to its roots”, Len said: “It’s not only sex, I used to hate it even if a swing was involved and they were sitting on a swing. And props, going down on one knee, giving them a rose. Get on with it!”
However, Craig – who has never been one to bite his tongue – has hit back in his latest column for Best magazine.
“Former Head Judge Len Goodman has been lamenting the ‘old-school’ Strictly, saying there are too many props now, and too much sexiness,” Craig wrote. “I love it!
“Strictly has evolved – there are such beautiful stories within each dance. We’re not doing a ballroom and Latin competition, it’s an entertainment show.”
He added: “Len’s living in the Dark Ages. He’s forgotten his youth!”
Recalling judging same-sex competitions he’d judged in the past, Len said: “They were of a very high standard, terrific dancing actually. Somehow whilst you were judging it, you didn’t even notice.
“It wasn’t that one of the men was dressed in a frock or anything, it was done in a very tasteful way. So if it’s done in that way I think it would be okay. But that doesn’t change the fact I’m an old traditionalist.”
It breaks my heart to say it, but Boris Johnson has the large majority he desperately wanted, and with that majority comes a great deal of power. The consequences of his having that power are now becoming clear.Just this week, Johnson’s government stripped an amendment to the Brexit Bill put forward by Labour peer Alf Dubs, which would have reunited child refugees with their families living here in the UK. Lord Dubs himself was saved from the Nazis as a child by the Kindertransport, so this is a cause very close to his heart – he understands the weight of emotions felt by these children.
Donald Trump has been accused of asking how long Ukraine can resist Russia without help from the US, as fresh details have emerged from a tape provided to congressional investigators.It comes amid the US president's trial in the Senate, after the House accused him of abusing his office by asking Ukraine to probe Joe Biden while withholding military aid the nation.
The Duke of Cambridge has been handed a new role by the Queen as his brother steps back from the royal family.William has been made the Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland by the Queen, while the Duke of Sussex begins his search for freedom away from the monarchy.
Prince Charles has revealed that he would like to make an official visit to Iran.In an interview with the Sunday Times newspaper, the future King said the country has been "such an important part of the world for so many centuries".
One of Barack Obama’s top advisers as president says voters have a ‘chilling’ lack of interest in the impeachment case, which he blames on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s ‘cynical calculation’.David Axelrod, Mr Obama’s former chief strategist, met with a focus group of Democratic voters in Chicago on Friday in which he says impeachment “didn’t come up” until more than an hour into the discussion.
President Xi Jinping warned Saturday that China faced a "grave situation" as authorities raced to contain a virus that has killed 41 people and caused a drastic scale-back of Lunar New Year celebrations.
Text messages allegedly sent by Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos may have been sold to tabloid newspaper the National Enquirer by his girlfriend’s brother, according to sources quoted by The Wall Street Journal.According to the paper, federal prosecutors are examining messages, including at least one photograph, first sent by the world’s richest man to news reporter Lauren Sanchez, with whom he was having an extramarital affair.
Dani Dyer has revealed that she was not told her ex-boyfriend Jack Fincham was having a baby until he announced it to the world today.The Love Island star, 24, told Rylan Clarke's BBC Radio 2 show that the news was as big a surprise to her as anyone.
It has become commonplace in Narendra Modi’s India for senior political figures to speak of Muslim immigrant workers in extremely derogatory terms – usually as “infiltrators”, sometimes as “termites”.And that rhetoric bore fruit this week in the major city of Bengaluru, formerly Bangalore, where the shanty homes of hundreds of labourers were bulldozed on the pretext that they were housing “suspected illegal immigrants”.
Salvini’s League pulls out all the stops to win Italy’s rich leftwing stronghold. Emilia-Romagna, the wealthy region that is home to Ferrari and has been run by the left since 1945, could fall to the far right in Sunday’s elections
Robert Archibald, former NBA player and Great Britain international basketball player, has died aged 39.Archibald was the only Scottish player to appear in the NBA, having been drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2002.
'A giant': what other countries make of the BBC and how their media compare. As the BBC reels from the departure of its boss and renewed pressure over its funding model, what are the views of the corporation from abroad?