Speaking to the Daily Mirror, the usually critical Craig was full of praise for the former Emmerdale actress.
"I love Lisa and not just because she is a brilliant dancer," Craig told the newspaper. “She also has a fantastic personality and brings that to the floor. She doesn’t care and is literally amazing to watch.
"I think she has justified an entire nation to love and respect dance and to say that big is bloody beautiful."
The acid tongued reality telly judge kept the compliments coming, saying: “You take one look at Lisa and you think she is going to be slightly heavy on the dance floor and she proved me completely wrong.
"You think that she won’t have rhythm and that she may be full of inhibition and unable to do it but she is quite the opposite and it’s so refreshing.
“You get all these beautiful people and these thin, thin, thin, toned fabulous people who have been supermodels who actually just can’t dance."
He added to the tabloid this morning: “It’s so refreshing to see someone come out with a bit of boobage and a nice bit of hip action and just go for it.
"I’m just absolutely delighted.”
Lisa remains one of the favourites to win the series, behind Louis Smith and Kimberley Walsh.
This week Strictly Come Dancing is on Saturday 10th November at 6.30pm with the results show on Sunday 11th November at 7.25pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.