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 was a "dance of two halves".

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

I felt like it was cheating a little bit. I felt like it was a little bit different. "

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

Craig Revel Horwood on Strictly Come Dancing


The audience did not agree with Craig's critique, with boos ringing around the studio.

Darcey Bussell said: "I liked it. It had a charm, it had a lovely understated quality.

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

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

The claim is quite a stir on Twitter. One viewer tweeted: "Cheating is a terrible word, Craig. Totally unfair."

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Another wrote: "I can not believe Craig just suggested Kevin was cheating with so many turns !?"

Craig scored Stacey and Kevin at 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.

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

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