Strictly's Craig Revel Horwood accuses Stacey Dooley of "cheating a little bit"

Strictly's Craig Revel Horwood accuses Stacey Dooley of "cheating a little bit"

Postby dutchman » Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:38 am

Viewers called the judge's comments "totally unfair"

Craig Revel Horwood made a controversial comment about Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton's Viennese Waltz on tonight's Strictly Come Dancing (December 8).

The 53-year-old judge accused the pair of "cheating a little bit", suggesting that Kevin's choreography made the routine a "dance of two halves".

Craig said: "I thought a dance of two halves – the first half an American Smooth, and the second half pure Viennese Waltz.

"The challenge in a Viennese Waltz is you have to keep the rotation going and same steps and that's why you felt a bit giddy. I felt like it was cheating a little bit. I would have liked to have seen more of the true Viennese."

However, he did add: "It was very beautiful."

The audience clearly didn't agree with Craig's critique, with boos ringing around the studio – and neither did the rest of the panel.

Darcey Bussell said: "I liked it. It had a charm, it had a lovely understated quality. The phrasing especially I enjoyed. But overall, charming and beautiful."

Bruno Tonioli praised: "It was so wonderful watching you. It had such genuine quality." Head Judge Shirley Ballas added: "The quality of listening to the music and staying on his right side, it was exquisite."

Kevin seemed a little put out, pulling a confused expression as Craig spoke.

Craig scored Stacey and Kevin an eight, while Bruno and Darcey gave them a nine and Shirley awarded them full marks.

They'd nabbed a 39 for their Charleston earlier in the night, giving them a total of 75 and putting them third on the leaderboard.

Is it enough to land them a place in the final? We'll have to wait until tomorrow night's results show to find out.

Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One on Saturday and Sunday nights.

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