Strictly Come Dancing: Richard Arnold: 'Craig Revel Horwood has a heart of gold!'

Richard Arnold (Strictly Come Dancing)

Strictly Come Dancing 2012 contestant Richard Arnold has revealed his favourite judge is Craig Revel Horwood!

The Daybreak showbiz presenter claimed that the ever critical Strictly judge really is quite lovely off screen.

"Craig will hate me for saying it because he's the panto villain piece, but he's got a heart of gold," Richard said.

But the camp telly host, who has been on the receiving end of more than a few sharp comments from Craig so far this series, admitted: "Some of his comments do smart a big though."

Richard also insisted he was taking the show seriously, so much so that he even dreams about his dance routines with pro partner Erin Boag.

"You have to take is seriously. I even dream about the show," he said this week. "It's a perpetual love of excitement and terror every day.

Tune in to this week’s show on Saturday 3rd November at 6.30pm for Strictly Come Dancing with Strictly Come Dancing: The Results on Sunday 4th November at 7.20pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.

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