Revel Horwood: Riley is fantastic
Craig Revel Horwood has confessed he can't help but have favourites on Strictly Come Dancing.
The Australian judge may be known for his icy put-downs on the BBC One show, but he admitted he has a soft spot for some of the celebrity contestants.
"I have several favourites, even though you're not meant to, you can't help it," he revealed.
"I think Lisa Riley is fantastic and fun, she's not only a great actress, she can really dance."
And despite recently claiming the public don't like Kimberley Walsh, Craig himself is a big fan of the Girls Aloud star.
"I really love Kimberley, she's fantastic, and Denise Van Outen of course is being spectacular at the moment," he added.
"There are some really good eggs in there and I think this year it's going to be up to the other 50 per cent of judges, which is of course the 12.5 million people at home who will be judging, and I think they will get the person they want."
Craig will be working his glacial charms as the Wicked Queen in Snow White at the Swan Theatre in Hugh Wycombe from December 7, with former Strictly contestant Anne Widdicombe joining him on stage.
"Widdy is playing my servant so I get to boss her around a lot. But she does get me back for every one and two I ever gave her on Strictly. She does, unfortunately, have the last laugh," Craig revealed.
"Everyone can come and boo me and watch me dance and score me as low as they like and I bring it on, I enjoy it and I love it."