Craig Revel Horwood: Denise won't win 'Strictly'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 December 2012
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'Strictly Come Dancing' judge Craig Revel Horwood thinks fans aren't getting behind TV presenter Denise Van Outen because of her professional dance training, and he doesn't think she will win the show

Craig Revel Horwood doesn't think Denise Van Outen will win 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The 47-year-old panellist feels people aren't getting behind the TV presenter - who was saved by the judges on last night's (16.12.12) semi-final results show in place of Lisa Riley - because of her professional dance training.

Despite wowing the judges with her routines and booking a place in next weekend's final, the 38-year-old star has landed in the bottom two twice in as many weeks, and Craig doesn't think she will get the better of Olympian Louis Smith, 23, actress Dani Harmer, 23, and Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh, 31.

He told the Daily Star newspaper: "I love Denise. I think she is our best all-rounder in the competition but the audience are just not voting for her. Why? Maybe they think she is just too good and they would prefer an underdog to win.

"She needs to get out there this week and canvass for votes like a politician."

The controversial judge previously said Kimberley should "canvas for votes" after landing in the bottom two last month, and he branded Louis "over-confident".

He told BANG Showbiz: "Kimberley Walsh, she needs to go out on the street and start canvassing for votes. It's not the judges that hate her, it's the public, it seems. So, you know, you've got to win the public over whether you like it or not. It's one of those shows. They have 50 per cent of the vote and I don't stress that enough."

Speaking of gymnast Louis, he added: "You can have your... self confidence is an issue, but he doesn't have that problem. He's overconfident. He needs to calm down and put the work in."

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