Strictly's Craig Revel Horwood brands Greg Rutherford silly over 'backstage meltdown'

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Craig Revel Horwood has branded Greg Rutherford "silly" over claims of a 'backstage meltdown' on Strictly.

It was reported earlier this week that Greg was left "livid" after his latest performance was criticised by Craig on Saturday.

Craig even made Greg's pro partner Natalie Lowe cry with his comments about the pair's Rumba.

"Natalie, I felt like you were protecting Greg with this dance with wild, show-stopping positions and lines that are going to make the audience applaud," he said.

Natalie Lowe, Greg Rutherford
Natalie Lowe, Greg Rutherford

Craig added to the the pair: "I don’t feel I can judge this dance as a rumba. I can probably judge this as a showdance or a contemporary dance that’s passionate and engaging but sadly it wasn’t, for me – I think – to do with rumba."

According to the Daily Mirror, Greg had a "total meltdown" over the remarks and threatened to quit the show.

Greg laughed off the reports on BBC Breakfast but did admit he wasn't entirely happy with the feedback from the judges.

He said: "This completely takes over your life, and when you really get into it you really want to do well. We really wanted to do well at the weekend and sadly it wasn't for everybody - especially one in particular."

Now Craig has had his say, telling DigitalSpy of Greg's supposed 'meltdown': "I heard about that. I didn't see it, I heard about it.

"If it was anything I said about his dancing then that's really a bit silly because it's me making a comment and you should never take anything personally, it wasn't a personal attack on him at all."

Greg and Natalie went on to avoid the dance off Sunday night and will perform again this weekend.

“Greg is a natural sportsperson and as such has a desire to be the best in everything that he does," a friend of Greg's said in the week. “His ambition to succeed is what drives him and he is very passionate about the competition.

Natalie Lowe, Greg Rutherford
Natalie Lowe, Greg Rutherford

"He threw everything into his rumba on Saturday night, so he was disappointed that he didn’t do as well as he had expected.”

The BBC didn't comment on the report.

Strictly Come Dancing is back Saturday night on BBC One.

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