Craig Revel Horwood wasn’t happy about the result of this week’s Strictly Come Dancing.
The latest celebrity to be voted off the BBC show was revealed in Sunday night’s results show (7 November).
It was Olympic swimmer Adam Peaty’s turn to be eliminated from the competition following a surprise dance-off with social media star Tilly Ramsay.
Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke all opted to save Ramsay, but head judge Shirley Ballas said she would have saved Peaty if given the chance.
A spokesperson for the show said in a statement that the judge was following the latest guidelines by isolating, and he hopes to return next week if he tests negative by that point.
‘Craig Revel Horwood has tested positive for Covid-19 and is now self-isolating following the latest government guidelines,’ they said.
When the show’s co-host Tess Daly asked Revel Horwood who he would like to save, he said: “Firstly, I wouldn’t have put these couples in the bottom. That’s just me personally, but seeing they are there and I’ve got to choose, I’m finding it really difficult tonight and this isn’t like me.”
He continued: “But for the reason of a better dancer and a better dance off scenario, I’m going to choose to save Nikita [Kuzman] and Tilly.”
Naturally, viewers took to Twitter to express their disappointment that Craig wasn’t at the judges’ table this weekend, and they even missed his harsh comments.
‘Really missing Craig and his slightly snarky but always relevant comments,’ one wrote.
Another tweeted: ‘Not the same without Craig, hope he gets better soon.’
‘Without Craig everyone is going to get big scores,’ tweeted one fan.
However, there was a whole lot of love for his replacement, as fans praised Emmy winner ‘queen’ Cynthia for filling his shoes.
Viewers said they ‘love’ her critiques and they’re even calling for her to ‘stay forever.’
‘How do we get Cynthia to be a permanent judge?’ one asked with another simply saying, ‘I want Cynthia Erivo to rule my life.’
‘I love Cynthia’s notes. She’s stepped so easily into this judging role and seems perfectly comfortable,’ a viewer also praised.
While he didn’t say who he would have rather seen in the bottom, one of the contestants it’s strongly suspected he was alluding to is broadcaster Dan Walker.
Despite receiving lower scores from the judges, he has sailed through to the next round every week to date.
Speaking about his time on the show, Peaty said: “I have absolutely loved every single challenge. I’ve never had a challenge like this. As an Olympian for 16 years, I’ve pushed my body to places that I never thought it could be pushed.
“This is just a whole new ballgame and I’ve got so much respect for everyone that dances across the world and to all of these contestants and pros that put themselves on the line every single week – it’s just been a great experience.”
Peaty’s professional dance partner, Katya Jones, added:”‘I was not ready to be in this position today. But looking back, this is you – you have done all of this. None of us expected you to come from the Olympics.”
She continued: “After the dance off, I looked at him and he had tears in his eyes. Someone who’s an absolute unbeatable machine that we see defending his titles for seven years non-stop, being emotional about dancing.
“I really think you deserve a lot more appreciation for what you’ve done and I was not ready for this.”
Craig is the third person to miss a week this series after testing positive for the virus, after comedian Judi Love and McFly singer Tom.