Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Craig Revel Horwood praises "fantastic" Kimberley Walsh

Kimberley Walsh (Strictly Come Dancing)

Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has praised Kimberley Walsh, describing the singer as a "massive contender" to win the show later this month.

The weekend saw Kimberley and pro dancer Pasha Kovalev score another 34 points with a jive, and Craig loved it.

After awarding the couple 9 points, he said: “I really loved it, she is really starting to grow on me and I think she’s a massive contender for the final I really, really do.”

But speaking on It Takes Two, Craig confessed that he had originally found Kimberley "dull".

He explained: “She’s got a fantastic personality, which she’s now bringing to it. I thought she was a bit dull to begin with. I did, I really did but with confidence her personality is now coming through her feet which is great.”

Meanwhile, Craig also backed Lisa Riley to win despite admitting that she was struggling on the technical side.

“You still have to be technical and she does suffer a little bit in the ballroom stuff because you have to have a much longer neck, a lot more grace, more poise. She does struggle in those things," he told Zoe Ball last night.

But Craig added: "What I think Lisa could possibly win it on is if she’s lucky enough to get a Latin dance.”

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