Strictly Come Dancing judge gives his verdict on Michael Gove’s dancing

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Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove (Jane Barlow/PA) (PA Wire)
Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove (Jane Barlow/PA) (PA Wire)

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove’s dancing in a Scottish nightclub lacked “real urgency or inner rhythm”, according to a judge on Strictly Come Dancing.

Craig Revel Horwood rated the politician’s moves to be a three out of 10, but gave Mr Gove the maximum score possible for “enjoying himself”.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, 54, was spotted dancing in a dark suit with no tie at the Pipe club night in Aberdeen with the venue posting a video on Facebook showing him throwing shapes on the dancefloor.

On Monday, Revel Horwood, 56, appeared on Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine show via video call to discuss Mr Gove’s moves.

He told the studio panel: “I think it is absolutely hilarious and I have got to say this, that I have to embrace people going out and enjoying themselves and dancing, no matter in what form.

“However, there is a technical issue here, darling, as well. As a judge on Strictly Come Dancing, I can only comment technically on it.

“I don’t care how people dance, in that respect. But if you are going out to a nightclub at some ungodly hour in the morning, 1.30 in the morning … and you get filmed doing this sort of dancing, then it is your own fault, quite frankly.

“I would say he should be a little bit more technical if you are going to be in public doing it. At least rehearse it at home, I would say.”

Craig Revel Horwood on the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel (Guy Levy/BBC/PA) (PA Media)
Craig Revel Horwood on the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel (Guy Levy/BBC/PA) (PA Media)

Revel Horwood, who has been a member of the Strictly judging panel since the BBC show’s inception in 2004, said the problem with Mr Gove’s dancing came from his “core”.

He said: “There isn’t a real urgency or inner rhythm there, so he is trying to compensate that with the flick of a wrist and he does that over and over again – and that becomes very repetitive to watch.

“I know he was out enjoying himself and for that I would give him a 10 to encourage anybody to go out there.

“But as a technical scenario, I think the only possible score I could give him is a three.”

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