Craig Revel Horwood warns Strictly Come Dancing will get ‘more competitive’ this week

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Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has shared his thoughts on this year’s contestants, as they reach the halfway mark of the series. Several celebrities have been eliminated from the competition, with Loose Women star Judi Love being the most recent to go. However, Craig has warned those remaining in the BBC dance contest could soon get “more competitive”, as tensions rise and they head towards the final.

Strictly presenter Claudia Winkleman welcomed Craig onto her BBC Radio Two show on Saturday morning.

The pair chatted all about the upcoming episode of Strictly and what fans could expect to see from the dance duos still in the contest.

Claudia began: “Craig, we’ve hit the halfway point. Does the going get properly tough from here?

“Do suddenly people start thinking ‘Oh, am I going to make the quarter finals?’,” she asked.

Craig replied: “Well, I think people get confident after that and the beauty is, it becomes more competitive.

“You know, because people now think, ‘Oh, actually I might be in for a chance to win’.

“I think that’s the thing that makes it more competitive and it’s great, you know.

“So, if you have made the halfway mark, I think you can feel at least as though the Glitterball is within reach, darling,” he remarked.

They also chatted about Adam Peaty and his professional dance partner Katya Jones, who only just managed to escape elimination last week after landing in the bottom two.

Claudia revealed the dance duo will be performing a Jive to Little Bitty Pretty One by Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers.

The presenter asked the Strictly judge how he thinks Adam will perform to the track.

She said: “Craig what do you think? Are you happy to see him back in Latin? Because you loved his dance before.”

Craig replied: “I think because he’s an athlete, and a top one at that, I think he’ll be able to keep up with it.

“I mean this is a dance about stamina, this is a dance about precision, and it’s fast.

“I think the song choice itself is fantastic for it. It’s upbeat, it’s fast, and I think he’s really going to nail it.

“I hope he does come back, you know, and not end up in the bottom two again,” he added.

Fans are busy speculating about who will be the next to leave the competition and it’s once again not looking good for Adam, but BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker also could be at risk, according to bookmakers.

Bookmakers Ladbrokes have Adam with odds of 15/8 to be eliminated next.

However, Dan is another favourite to go, as his odds of leaving next are currently at 9/4.

The bookies confirmed that 55 per cent of all bets this week have been in favour of Dan leaving Strictly Come Dancing this weekend.

Ladbrokes spokesperson Jessica O’Reilly said: “Money talks, and Dan’s the man punters want out of Strictly next, which bodes well for Adam and Katya’s chances of surviving the dreaded dance off for a second week in a row.”

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 6:45pm on BBC One.

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