The show's judge spoke out to dispel fears for the programme's future following the negative press which surrounded the most recent series.
Strictly's latest run sparked an ageism row after Arlene Phillips was axed from the panel and replaced by Alesha Dixon.
The programme also failed to match The X Factor in the Saturday night ratings battle, though it remained a strong performer for BBC One.
Speaking to Click Liverpool about the ballroom hit, Horwood insisted: "It's absolutely coming back. It's such a hugely popular show. With over 10 million viewers the BBC would be mad to cancel it. What would replace it?"
Revealing his desires for the next series, he added: "I would love to see Arlene back. I really missed her this series. It was great to have Darcey Bussell join us but I do wish Arlene could come back."
Chris Hollins was voted the winner of Strictly Come Dancing earlier this month.