One of the best things about Strictly Come Dancing is the judges’ comments. They must sit at home for the rest of the year brainstorming ideas for puns and quips.

Of course, Darcey Bussell always gives lovely, constructive advice.

But the best lines always seem to come from grumpy Craig Revel Horwood, or Bruno Tonioli leaping up from his seat, or Len Goodman delivering praise or a put-down with glee.

As Strictly 2015 nears its end, here are some of our absolute favourite comments from the judges.

 

Len on Iwan Thomas‘ Cha Cha




“I don’t know what that was on the floor down there but I don’t want to see it again if I can help it.”

 

Craig on Jeremy Vine‘s Jive




“It was like watching a stork who’d been struck by lightning.”

 

Len to Gleb Savchenko on his American Smooth




“You flew across the floor like a rampant crab.”

 

Len to Kellie Bright on her Salsa




“There you were like two sizzling sausages on a BBQ… Your bum was bionic.”

 

Bruno to Carol Kirkwood on her Viennese Waltz




“It had the romance of a cleaning session.”

 

Len to Jay McGuiness on his Tango




“You were like a chess master, you plotted your way around that floor. That was a mango of a Tango. Delicious.”

 

Len to Kellie (again) on the hip-hop in her Samba




“There are two things I don’t like in this world: babies crying and hip hop.”

 

Bruno to Jeremy on his Tango




“That’s how the West was lost. In spite of the odds, like General Custer, you went for attack. It was a glorious disaster.”

 

Len to Katie Derham on her American Smooth




“It was better than a kick in the head.”

 

Len to Helen George on her Viennese Waltz




“Tickle my bum and call me Donald! Dancing is a marriage between music and movement. This was a match made in heaven.”

 

Craig to Kellie on her Viennese Waltz




“That’s the first time I’ve seen a Viennese Waltz that’s not elegant… had absolutely no class. It was common as, and you know what darling, I loved it!”

 

Len to Anita Rani on her Tango




“It was like a cow pat on Countryfile. Hot and steamy.”

 

Len to Daniel O’Donnell on his Cha Cha




“It was a mix between Summer Nights and Last Of The Summer Wine.”

Strictly Come Dancing continues with the semi-finals on BBC1, Saturday, December 12, 6.50pm