Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Lisa Riley is Craig Revel Horwood's favourite!

Lisa Riley (Strictly Come Dancing)

Strictly COme Dancing 2012 judge Craig Revel Horwood has admitted Lisa Riley is his favourite celebrity on this year's line up.

Of course, the Strictly panelist insisted he wouldn't be showing any favourtism to the Emmerdale actress.

But he gushed: "Lisa Riley is a favourite of mine.

"Not that I can mark anyone up or down because of that, but she's a joy to watch and she's a joy to watch and she puts a smile on my face."

However Craig did admit: "Technically she might need to work on things, though, and make sure that she's improving."

He added: "She could win, Wining the heart of the nation is important The public get 50 per cent of the vote. you're near safe in this show and you can never predict what the audience are going to do."

Also winning praise from the usually always critical Strictly judge was Tracy Beaker star Dani Harmer, who scored her top score of 34 points at the weekend.

“She is a really exciting dancer and also, a brilliant clean technician," Craig said. "She does everything really, really well and she’s focused and she’s centred and I really love her.”

He added: “[She needs] A little bit more dynamic if she wants to get the nines and the tens. All she needs is the right dance, the right music.”

Browse pictures of the weekend's Strictly Come Dancing below...

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This week [cat c="strictly come dancing"]Strictly Come Dancing 2012[/cat] hosts a Wembley extravaganza on Saturday 17th November at 6.30pm with the results show on Sunday 11th November at 7.25pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.

The Wembley special will also feature performances from Girls Aloud and Kylie Minogue.

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