Craig Revel Horwood has said fellow Strictly Come Dancing star Kristina Rihanoff is ‘feisty’, during an appearance on Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit On The Side.

Talking about the new Celebrity Big Brother contestant, the acerbic judge warned viewers about the Russian beauty’s temperament.

“She can be like the Cold War from Russia,” he told presenter Rylan Clark-Neal.

Celebrity Big Brother contestant Kristina Rihanoff



Celebrity Big Brother contestant Kristina Rihanoff (Channel 5)

 

In response to the look of surprise on Rylan’s face, Craig added: “I’m not joking – she is so feisty. That pretty smile will go and when she hasn’t got make-up on, she’s even scarier!”

Kristina joined Strictly in the sixth series, where she famously danced with broadcaster John Sergeant. They hit the headlines several times over the series, until their departure in week nine.

In 2009, she took to the floor with boxer Joe Calzaghe. They also kept the press busy, but for different reasons. After the show, the couple dated for four years.

Kristina Rihanoff and Jason Donovan



Kristina Rihanoff and Jason Donovan perform on Strictly (David Jones/PA)

 

Kristina’s other Strictly celebs have included singers Jason Donovan, Simon Webbe and Daniel O’Donnell, actor Colin Salmon and rugby star Ben Cohen, who is now her boyfriend. The couple – who met on the BBC One show in 2013 – went public with their relationship in August 2015.

Craig admitted he would have to get used to seeing her on a TV show other than Strictly.

“It’s a bit odd because you are used to seeing her on-screen persona, but her personality changes when she is backstage,” he revealed.

Celebrity Big Brother contestant Kristina Rihanoff



Celebrity Big Brother contestant Kristina Rihanoff (Jonathan Ford/Channel 5)

 

“You are going to see the real Kristina now and she can be very sweet. She is kind, loving, giving and so sharing.”

Celebrity Big Brother presenter Emma Willis announced a surprise eviction for this Friday, but Kristina is thought to be safe from the boot this week.