Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood slammed for Amanda Abbington comments

Strictly: Amanda and Giovanni on judges scores

Brendan Cole has taken aim at Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood for his remarks about Amanda Abbington. On Saturday night, Amanda and her partner Giovanni Pernice performed a Rumba to the tune of Out of Reach from Bridget Jones’ Diary – but Craig was left far from impressed.

Their performance picked up a score of eight from Motsi, Anton and Shirley. Craig was much harsher, though, and only gave Amanda and Giovanni a score of six on the night.

“It did lack flow in places, I felt,” Craig confessed. “It was a little bit placed and a little bit too exaggerated.”

But former Strictly pro Brendan, 47, has since jumped to the defence of the Sherlock actress and claimed that Craig “wouldn’t understand how hard it is” to master the Rumba.

He added to Sky Bingo: “They did a really beautiful Rumba, it wasn’t overly sexy. It was elegant, my kind of Rumba. She got a 6, 8, 8, 8 – most of the time I agree with Craig.

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“I think he’s a very good judge and I like what he says, but giving that number a six – what number was he watching? He’s never done a Rumba before so he wouldn’t understand how hard it is.

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“For me, you have to be critical, you have to be encouraging,” Brendan told The Mirror at the Pride of Britain Awards 2023.

“Also if somebody does a bad number, you can’t just give it a high mark and go, ‘Well I loved it, it was beautiful,’ because ultimately, if you give somebody a high number and somebody else goes home over them, by you giving them a lower number, just with the way the maths works out, you’re doing an injustice to the show.

“So I’ve got a lot of critique for the judges, but I don’t think it really matters.”

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday on BBC One from 6:30pm.

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