Craig Revel Horwood stuns Strictly viewers with glowing praise for Joe McFadden
Nobody was quite expecting that level of love from the notorious judge.
Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood shocked the nation when he gave the glowing accolade of “I like you” to show hopeful Joe McFadden.
The Holby City star took to the Strictly stage for the first time on Saturday night’s opening show, performing a car wash-themed jive with partner Katya Jones.
I LIKE YOU pic.twitter.com/1LcMnhnuuB— BBC Strictly✨ (@bbcstrictly) September 23, 2017
It earned him a score of seven from the notoriously critical judge, which presenter Claudia Winkleman said was the first he had ever given for a celebrity’s first dance.
He brushed aside his usual de-brief of detailed notes and simply said: “I like you”, causing co-judge Darcey Bussell to pause from giving her own score out of shock.
Viewers at home were equally astonished, with Denise Guyett commenting on Twitter: “Aye what….what was that Craig….You liked them. OMG I almost fell off my chair. And a 7 from Craig in Week One…Who is this impostor?”
Aye what....what was that Craig....You liked them.OMG I almost fell off my chair. And a 7 from Craig in Week One...Who is this impostor?— Denise Guyett (@denguyett007) September 23, 2017
Tara Giles joked: “You ok hun,” while Frankly Frank joked: “Turned my fresh milk sour now.”
You ok hun— Tara Giles (@TaraCGiles) September 23, 2017
— Rosie (@Roz4luv) September 23, 2017
This could break Twitter— Christina Hampson (@ChristinaHamps6) September 23, 2017
This is a " I love you " face if I've ever seen 1— laura wright (@low2985) September 23, 2017
The tricky, fast-paced dance was memorably performed last year by Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton, securing them a series win.