Strictlys Craig names his top three finalists who definitely deserve place

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Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has revealed the three couples that he thinks should ‘definitely’ be in this year’s final, one of the closest ever series.

The quarter final episode is due to air this weekend and Craig has shared his thoughts with The Mirror: “For me, out of everybody that’s left who should be in the final it should be John and Johannes because they’ve been consistent all the way through.

"I think Rose and Giovanni because they’ve been consistently good at every form of dance. AJ I think is fantastic.

He continued: “I think I can see those three celebrities definitely in the final. From a professional point of view, whether they’re loved at home is completely up to the public.

"They’ve all been really good. Obviously AJ had a rough week when she had to do the Paso Doble but she excelled in something like the Charleston, which is amazing.”

“You just don't know where their strengths and weaknesses are going to be, they haven’t done every single dance yet.”

This year’s series has seen the most amount of top scores ever awarded to the dancing couples in the competition.

Craig missed his first ever Strictly show back in November, taking a back seat from Musicals week as he tested positive for COVID-19.

He was replaced by Cynthia Erivo and watched the show from home, which was an eye opening experience for him: “You’re more involved in the celebrity’s story at home, whereas at work I’m not as influenced by the VT’s or anything.

"I’m just there to judge that 1 minute 30 second dance, not the actual story that surrounds it. Whereas when I was sat at home, you do.”

“After then I can see why people vote for people like Dan. It’s interesting, isn’t it? He’s probably one of the weaker dancers out of everyone that is left in this programme but you still feel for him, so you sort of invest in that.

"It’s a totally different sort of experience so I understand now why they audience are given 50% of the vote."

"I’m just there to uphold and wave the dance flag professionally, then the people at home, they’ve invested in the human being themselves and their story and journey throughout it.”

He ended by saying he thinks the audience are swayed by this: “I think it’s why it’s good having the audience having 50% of the power.”

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