Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has said that he is sick of dancers breaking the rules on the show – and thinks those who do should be disqualified.

Speaking to The Sun the notoriously catty panellist made his feelings known weeks after he reprimanded series newcomer Karen Hauer live on air for including a lift in her waltz with Nicky Byrne.

And he also said he would be willing to take on any participants who challenged him about it on the show.

“The show is called Strictly Come Dancing because there are strict rules and the dancers have to abide by them,” Craig pointed out.

He went on to reveal that he was on the receiving end of some vicious tweets from Westlife fans after his remarks on the first show – but remained unrepentant.

“I got thousands of nasty tweets from Westlife fans saying, ‘Don’t you dare be mean to our Nicky’. It was a massive hate campaign,” Craig said.

“Some of them are more vicious than I am — and they went on and on. But all I did was tell the truth. If they can’t take it they should stop watching.”

Meanwhile Craig also confirmed he has no plans to follow in the footsteps of previous judge Alesha Dixon and move to ITV.

“I’m on a ten-year contract and I’d like another one please,” he admitted. “There is no danger of me defecting to ITV. I don’t think they’d have me.”

And he took the opportunity to take a shot at ratings rival The X Factor – which Strictly has beaten on Saturday nights for the past three weeks – saying it had become “obvious”.

“I used to watch X Factor because it used to be a lot of fun,” Craigsaid. “But now it’s not particularly funny or serious.”