Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has said critics of the show's drag performance should "turn the TV off".

On Saturday, three of the BBC One show's male professional dancers wore wigs and high heels while performing a medley of songs from the musical Priscilla Queen Of The Desert.

The routine, which also saw the trio wave rainbow fans, prompted both praise and criticism from viewers on social media.

The BBC said it would not comment on the number of complaints received.

Responding to the critics, Revel Horwood, 55, said drag was part of "real life" and urged those who took issue with it to "open your eyes".



He said: "I think they are ridiculous. If you can't grow with society then turn it off. It's crazy.

"You are always going to come into problems with someone complaining about something. But there was nothing.

"If people knew what Priscilla Queen Of The Desert actually was, like the musical and they saw that, then they would know that the boys were acting as these characters in the play.

"That's the whole point of having musicals week and movies week, so you get to play these wonderful and vibrant characters.

"I'm sorry but this is a part of real-life and if you are not going to open your eyes up to it then turn the TV off."

The dance was led by South African professional dancer Johannes Radebe, who last year made history on the show by dancing with fellow professional Graziano di Prima.

Nicola Adams and Katya Jones were the first same-sex pairing on Strictly Come Dancing 

Revel Horwood also referred to the complaints Strictly received after Olympic boxer Nicola Adams made her debut this year alongside Katya Jones in the UK show's first same-sex series pairing.

He said: "People need to open their eyes and accept that this is all-inclusive society and that is what we should be working towards.

"That's what we should be opening our minds up to, not going against it and complaining about people having a great time and dancing in character. That's just crazy."

Alongside lead judge Shirley Ballas, Revel Horwood has released, Shirley & Craig's Perfect 10 on DVD, which counts down the best routines in the show's history.

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