Strictly Come Dancing's Craig Revel Horwood has offered X Factor boss Simon Cowell some advice on how to “save” the ITV talent show, which is currently suffering from flagging viewing figures.
"I like Simon Cowell, he reminds me of me,” said Horwood, “[but] he needs to do something about the ratings really, doesn’t he?"
The X Factor, which at its height was watched by an average audience of up to 16m, drew just 7.35m viewers on Saturday, 3 million less than Strictly Come Dancing in its earlier slot on BBC1. And Horwood says he knows exactly what the problem is.
“I could save his show easily,” said the outspoken judge. “I know what’s wrong with it and what the solution is, so it’s only a phone call away for [Simon Cowell]!”
Cowell won't need to waste money on that call, though, as Horwood has kindly laid out his insights in an interview with The Sun.
“The X Factor’s biggest issue is that it’s transparent — there aren’t any surprises. You could easily write the script yourself then just see it play out on television,” he said.
"Strictly is not scripted, I don’t script arguments," added Horwood, who is famous for his catty putdowns of dancers and fellow judges alike.
"I never know how the other judges are going to vote or what they are going to say and that’s what I love about it. That’s what the audience appreciates.”
We may not know exactly what Craig's going to say but one thing we can predict is that some combination of judge, celebrity or professional dancer will be on the wrong end of those claws again this weekend.