Craig Revel Horwood on who he thinks will win this year's Strictly

Jen Crothers
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From Good Housekeeping

Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has revealed who he thinks could lift the glitterball trophy - and it's not who you might think!

It's a hotly-fought contest on this year's show, with the leaderboard changing week after week and favourites ending up in the bottom two. But with the final coming up next month in December, Craig is confident he knows at least one dancer who'll be there.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Speaking to Lorraine Kelly on Lorraine, Craig revealed he thinks Bill Bailey is in with a chance, and branded him "the dark horse of the competition."

"I’m secretly loving Bill Bailey," he said. "I adore him. He just shocks me, every time I see him dance I’m surprised, amazed and delighted. I never thought for one moment he would be able to do it, I really didn’t. He doesn’t look the type and then he just came on, did a fantastic pop-and-lock street routine which I absolutely loved.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

"I love him, I would love to see him in the final. I think he’s brilliant. The dark horse of the competition."

Craig was also full of praise for Maisie Smith and Ranvir Singh.

"Ranvir has amazed us, actually," he explained. "She had no dance training whatsoever and she’s just coming through week by week getting better and better and she’s so watchable and a complete delight in the studio. I think she’s exceptional. "

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

As for Maisie, Craig believes her brush with elimination last week when she was in the bottom two will make her fight a little bit more from now on: "Maisie is fantastic as well. Absolutely brilliant. Fantastic technique, great hip action.

"I think it’s good to get a little jab in the backside in order to push yourself just that little bit harder and not rely on just the fact that you’re super talented. You have to win the hearts and minds of the nation."

Strictly Come Dancing continues this Saturday and Sunday on BBC One

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