Peter Andre is in danger of becoming a Strictly ‘also-ran’, says Craig Revel Horwood

Peter Andre started Strictly Come Dancing as the bookies’ favourite, but judge Craig Revel Horwood believes he’s no longer a contender.

Craig, 50, said Peter should be ‘worried’ about staying in the competition because he is missing the ‘It’ factor.

“Sorry to say it but Peter’s becoming a bit of an also-ran in the competition,” he told Woman magazine. “Technically, he’s very good, but he needs to stand out from the crowd more.”

Craig Revel Horwood

Craig Revel Horwood (BBC)


The dance expert added: “I’d be worried if I were him. He’s missing the ‘It’ factor – and I want to see him fly not fail.”

Pop star Peter, 42, who is paired with professional dancer Janette Manrara, topped the leader-board in the first week and earned glowing comments from the judges – including Craig.

But he’s been slipping down the rankings, with his performance of the Rumba on Saturday earning 29 points out of 40.


Bruno Tonioli said the dance was ‘too angry’ while Craig added that it ‘lacked resistance and pressure through the floor’.

Craig also revealed there is somewhat of a ‘hunk-off’ between new professional dancer Gleb Savchenko, 31, and Aljaz Skorjanec, 25.

He explained: “This is the first time Aljaz has really been threatened by another handsome chap on the dancefloor, and when Gleb took his top off on the show, the battle of the boys well and truly began!


Anita Rani and Gleb Savchenko

Anita Rani and Gleb Savchenko (BBC)



“Testosterone and one-upmanship is flying around the place, so I think we’ll see the tension building between them.

“They both want to do the best they can with their celebs and go on to win, but they’re actually very different, too – Aljaz is smiley and charming, whereas Gleb is a bit cooler and brooding.”

He added: “But they’re both lovely – and rather gifted in the looks department!”


Helen George and Aljaz Skorjanec

Helen George and Aljaz Skorjanec (BBC)



On Call The Midwife actress Helen George, 30, he said he could see why some people find her a bit reserved.

“I haven’t had much to do with Helen George backstage,” he said. “But she keeps herself to herself, so I can see why some people might have interpreted that as being frosty.

“She’s polite, but is taking it all very seriously and isn’t the type to let her hair down and dance on the tables in the bar after the show.”


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