The razor-sharp tongued judge – nicknamed Strictly’s Mr Nasty – says that Brendan might have a reputation for being a ladies man – but he won’t live up to TV presenter Lisa’s expectations as she has dated Hollywood star George Clooney.
Craig told Star magazine: “I think it’s hilarious they gave him Lisa. Brendan thinks he is Mr Schmoozer on the show. I think Lisa has a bit of sense and will curb any advances he might make.
“I don’t think Brendan has anything of what George Clooney possesses in the way of ‘schmooze talent’. Brendan isn’t even in his league!”
Craig is rooting for celebrity chef Gary Rhodes this year.
He said: “I was on MasterChef last year, but my nerves got the better of me. I’m hoping he will give me some tips. I’ll help him with his dancing if he shares his culinary skills!”
But Craig admitted that his dream contestant would be former X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne.
He said: “She’d be excellent. She’d be feisty, and stand up for herself – that’s what the public enjoy.
“She’d be funny as a judge, but I don’t think she knows anything about dancing, so she could only give the opinion the general public would have. You have to be quite dance-savvy to judge on Strictly.”