'Strictly Come Dancing' judge Craig Revel Horwood is no stranger to getting his claws into the celebrity contestants on the dance show but now he's turned his attention to 'The X Factor' and Simon Cowell.

In an interview with The Sun, Craig has a dig at the X Factor's falling ratings as well as show boss, Simon Cowell.

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Craig Revel Horwood reckons he can 'save X Factor'

"I've been very vocal in the battle between X Factor and Strictly," he told The Sun.

"I like Simon Cowell, he reminds me of me! But I don't care too much for his new face. It's not his face that is the problem though, it's his mind and he needs to do something about the ratings really, doesn't he?"

"I could save his show easily. I know what's wrong with it and what the solution is, so it's only a phone call away for him!

"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.

"Strictly is not scripted, I don't script arguments. 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."

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But the icy Aussie judge had some kinder words for some of the lady contestants on this year's 'Strictly', even though he admits he shouldn't have favourites.

"I have several favourites, even though you're not meant to, you can't help it," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"I think Lisa Riley is fantastic and fun, she's not only a great actress, she can really dance."

"I really love Kimberley, she's fantastic, and Denise Van Outen of course is being spectacular at the moment," he added.

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