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Multi award-winning singer and actor Cynthia Erivo will join the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel as a guest judge this weekend.

Cynthia will be stepping into Craig Revel Horwood’s shoes, who will sadly miss Strictly Come Dancing Musicals Week as he self-isolates after testing positive for Covid-19.

Cynthia will join Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke, and Head Judge Shirley Ballas on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November.

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, is currently filming for the new Luther movie and will star as Elphaba in the highly anticipated upcoming film adaptation of musical, Wicked. She has won a Daytime Emmy Award, Grammy Award and Tony Award, and been nominated for two Academy Awards (Oscars).

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 remaining couples perform routines live to showtunes from some of the most loved musicals of all time.

Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday 20 November at 6.35pm, with the results show on Sunday 21 November at 7.15pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.


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