Nicky Byrne blames Craig for Strictly exit

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 10 December 2012
Nicky Byrne and Karen Hauer

Nicky Byrne

Nicky Byrne has slammed 'Strictly Come Dancing' judge Craig Revel Horwood following his exit from the BBC One competition, and accused the panellist of targeting him throughout the series

Nicky Byrne has blamed Craig Revel Horwood for his 'Strictly Come Dancing' exit.

The Westlife singer - who was booted off the BBC One show last night (09.12.12) - slammed the judge for his "inconsistent" marking after he awarded the 34-year-old star five out of 10 for his samba and foxtrot fusion, while Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli gave him a seven and Len Goodman awarded him an eight.

He said: "It's a high standard, possibly the toughest year yet. I've watched previous years and the way I was critiqued was pernickety. I'm not sure everyone has been criticised as badly as that in any other year.

"It just seemed to be just a thing with me, with Craig wanting to critique me like that, and you just smile and get through it and think, 'He obviously doesn't rate me as a dancer... '

"There are inconsistencies there with Craig saying one thing and the other three saying something else. But you put yourself up there to be judged and you take it on the chin.

"I don't hold grudges. I never worked out why Craig chose me as the one to go for during the entire series but I made so many nice friends and had so many messages from the public that it's been positive all the way for me.

"I've loved it. Everybody on the show has made friends for life now. Except for Craig, of course."

Nicky revealed his professional partner Karen Hauer broke down in tears after the pair were marked for what turned out to be their final dances before landing in the bottom two with Denise Van Outen, who scraped into next week's semi-final.

He added to The Sun newspaper: "Karen was in tears afterwards. She said, 'I'm not sure what to say to you. You danced it brilliantly, you couldn't have danced it better.'

"Karen thought that from the beginning of the series we were undermarked. We've never worked out why that was though, but that's life."

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