Brendan Cole has defended partner Charlotte Hawkins after "disgusting" laughing at her performance on Saturday's Strictly Come Dancing, which Craig labelled a "disaster"

Brendan Cole has appeared to take a swipe at the Strictly Come Dancing judges over their comments about his partner Charlotte Hawkins.

Brendan and Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte failed to impress with their Cha Cha Cha on Saturday night’s instalment of the BBC1 show, with Hawkins stumbling on many of her steps.

Judge Craig Revel Horwood said it was “a complete dance disaster”, while his fellow panellist Bruno Tonioli suggested Brendan was “dragging” Charlotte and said: “She’s very very pretty when she stands up.”

But Brendan has now hit back on Twitter, saying he is not interested in negativity and that “laughing at another’s misfortune is disgusting”.

He said in a series of posts: “I have a lot to say about last Saturday… here goes…

“It was definitely a tough night at the office and maybe the scores were just! What I object to is belitling (sic) someone who has worked hard and is clearly upset at the situation. I have no time for negativity when someone is down!

“It was obvious that things hadn’t gone to plan and at that time you can be honest but constructively positive!

“This can be humiliating at the best of times and laughing at another’s misfortune is disgusting and although Strictly is just an entertainment show, we invest time and emotion into it and therefore it matters to us who take part.

“We are not changing the world but we do care.

“That’s all, rant over!”

Brendan vowed: “We are coming back stronger next week, I believe in team #charcole.”