Strictly judge slams Mollie King in harsh interview

He ranked the remaining Strictly stars from best to worst

Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood is not exactly known for shying away from speaking his mind.

So perhaps it’s no surprise that sharp-tongued Craig has been making headlines again today, after branding Mollie King the worst remaining contestant on the show.


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In a candid chat with Radio Times, he also said: “She just doesn’t have natural ability and that’s hard to overcome. I think she could, but it’ll take double the work of everybody else.”

Craig added: “She’s awkward and wooden. I feel like she’s holding something back.

“I thought at the beginning that she’d be one to watch, but she really needs to pull her socks up because she’s lagging behind.”

Craig spoke out after being asked to rate the remaining Strictly contestants: Mollie received a ‘C’ for her efforts, while bookies’ favourite Alexandra Burke came top of his list.

Although he said Alex needed to “polish her footwork” to get a perfect 10 from him.

Despite what Craig may think, Mollie is safely through to Blackpool with pro partner AJ Pritchard.

They were in the dance-off two weeks ago, when Aston Merrygold was sent home, but avoided the bottom two last weekend following their paso doble.

It clearly means a lot to Mollie to dance another week as she took to Instagram after the results show to thank everyone who voted for her.

“Still in absolute shock,” she wrote.

“Thank you SO much from the bottom of our hearts for voting us through. It means everything to us and your support has kept this dream going. And thank you so much to you, AJ, for looking after me this week.

“I️ can’t believe we’re actually going to Blackpool!”

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It was This Morning presenter Ruth Langsford who had to say goodbye on Sunday night, after the judges voted to save Jonnie Peacock in the dance-off.

Reacting to her elimination, the star said: “I’ve absolutely loved it, even the judges’ comments – even Craig’s. He knows I love him really!

“And you, Anton du Beke, are just the most fabulous man – so funny, and you are a beautiful dancer.

“I hope we will be friends for a very long time.”