Gorka Marquez: Strictly pro speaks out on Craig Revel Horwood criticism ‘Never forget’

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Gorka Marquez, 38, made his debut on Strictly Come Dancing in 2016. The Latin champion wasn’t assigned a celebrity partner last year but is set to take the dancefloor in the new series, which airs this month.

It comes as dance show hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman were joined by the Strictly judges, celebrity guests and professional dancers for a trip down memory lane tonight, in the BBC special Strictly: The Best of Musicals.

The programme revisited the moment Gorka performed a Charleston alongside singer and X Factor winner Alexandra Burke in 2017.

The dancing duo’s performance to Mary Poppins track Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious topped the leaderboard with 39 points.

The upbeat routine was praised by all the judges including Craig Revel Horwood, however while giving his verdict he took a cheeky swipe at the Spanish-born dancer.

At the time, the Strictly judge praised Alexandra for her “swivel” motion and compared it to Gorka’s.

“You had better swivel than Gorka in that actually. So well done darling,” Craig commented.

“I absolutely loved it. Brilliant.”

Speaking about the jibe, Gorka cheekily warned Craig that he will always remember what he said.

Gorka replied: “I’ll never forget that Craig. I’ve been practising.”

Speaking about the memorable routine, the dancing champion reflected on his performance, as he gushed over his dance partner Alexandra.

“We were very happy with the dance. It was very playful,” Gorka mused.

“She was very happy. I think the dance was one word, ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.'”


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Before adding: “Is that how you say it?”

Elsewhere, Gorka wasn’t assigned a partner last year, so only took part in the group dances.

Earlier this week, show producer Sarah Jones confirmed that four different dancers wouldn’t have partners this year.

She said: “We have four professional dancers who won’t be partnering celebrities this year.

“They are Nadia Bychkova, Neil Jones, Graziano Di Prima and Nancy Xu.”

The series, which kicks off with its first live episode on 24 October, will have a shorter run in 2020 due to the pandemic and will feature 12 celebrities instead of the usual 15.

The line up will include a host of famous faces including Nicola Adams, Max George and Maisie Smith.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One this month.


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