Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has said The Voice is like ‘any other talent show’ once the coaches swivel on their chairs.

The feisty Strictly judge has offered up his own idea for improving the Saturday night singing contest. “I really like the fact they are listening to people without having to see them,” he told Richard Bacon’s Radio 5 Live. “But as soon as they turn around in the chairs… it becomes like any other talent show.”

Craig said that the coaches – Sir Tom Jones, Jessie J, Will.i.am and Danny O’Donoghue – should not be able to see the contestants until the finals of the BBC One show. “It could work quite easily by people singing behind screens right up until the end and then it is only in the final when the judges don’t have any say that they get to see them,” he said.

Craig also said that Alesha Dixon, who was replaced by Darcy Bussell on Strictly, should not have left the ballroom dancing show for ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, even though she ‘does very well on that show’ because Strictly is ‘the highest-rating show on telly’.

He said former contestant Alesha was ‘the only one of that panel that has actually been down those stairs and had to dance in front of 14 million people – and she went on to win it.

“But Darcey is a more accomplished judge because she has been a prima ballerina for the past 25 years,” he added.

He said Britain’s Got Talent became ‘tedious’ after the initial auditions stage.