James Jordan accused Revel Horwood of "double standards" and of appalling drunken behaviour in an extraordinary rant.
‘Strictly Come Dancing’ star Ola Jordan’s husband James has launched a stinging attack on Craig Revel Horwood, one of the show’s judges, calling him “vile” and accusing him of “double standards” after he criticised his wife.
Previously, Revel Horwood had taken a few jibes at Ola Jordan’s photoshoot for her calendar, saying that the images of her “pouring milk all over herself with her legs spread” weren’t appropriate for a family show such as ‘Strictly’.
But James, a professional dancer and former resident dancer on ‘Strictly’ until 2013, hit back at 50 year old Revel Horwood’s double standards on the basis that he’s releasing a new autobiography in time for Christmas with the title ‘All Balls and Glitter: My Life’.
Ola and James Jordan
“How can he say it’s not OK to sell a sexy Christmas calendar, but it is OK to sell his own book telling the world he was a drunken rent boy, and call it ‘All Balls and Glitter’? Innuendo, anyone? Is that what a ‘family show’ is all about, Craig?,” he told Best magazine.
In the 2015 edition of ‘Strictly’, Ola and her partner Iwan Thomas were the first pair to be eliminated from the competition. James and Craig have been involved in public spats in the past, so there’s certainly a great deal of backstory to this particular criticism.
Continuing his scathing attack, James continued: “I’m pretty sure if one of the male dancers had brought out a calendar pouring milk over himself, he wouldn’t have reacted in the same way.”
He also took issue with the show for failing to give Ola, 33, and the other professional dancers a fair pay deal. “Like most of the dancers on ‘Strictly’, Ola has to earn money. We have bills to pay and, I can assure you, the professional dancers are paid a lot less than the panel for working flipping hard. They are training for up to 14 hours a day. Meanwhile, the judges are reportedly get £110,000 for one day a week.”
Finally, he accused Revel Horwood of frequently behaving in a “vile” manner when drunk. “I have witnessed Craig – drunk – on a cruise. He was shouting and slurring, ‘Who the hell would want to read Len Goodman’s book? Who cares about that old man’s life?’”