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'It's My Pet Hate': Craig Revel Horwood Reveals The One Thing He Can't Stand on 'DWTS'

He's known as one of the toughest judges to crack on Dancing With The Stars, but Craig Revel Horwood says his scathing critiques are a necessary part of the competition.

Though he does admit that this year's batch of stars shimmying on to the DF in the hopes of nabbing the Mirrorball Trophy are definitely putting in the work.

"I think they're a lot more competitive than last year," Craig told 10 daily, adding, "Last year they were a very family-friendly bunch, whereas now I think they're out there to win it, which I think is fantastic -- not only the show but for the level of dancing we will see."

Dancing With The Stars judges. Image: Network 10

He continued, "They definitely have a lot to learn and some have to be in training for a lot longer because they don't have dance training, so it's all basically from scratch -- and that's what I love."

"I love seeing their journeys and watching them go from zero to hero."

And while he's renowned for pulling no punches when it comes to critiquing the stars' performances, Craig is adamant that his (at times) brutal commentary isn't about being mean for the sake of being mean -- it's about getting the dancer to be the best they can be.

"Some celebrities get upset because I've told them the truth, and that's crazy -- it's a sport!" he said.

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He continued, "I'm not talking about their personalities, I'm talking about their dance abilities. And I think that's where people get a little bit funny, but I don't care."

"I couldn't care less what people think."

While it seems that Craig would have a plethora of pet hates when it comes to what he dislikes most during the contestants' performance, when asked, he didn't miss a beat.

"Mugging! Do you use that expression here?" he said -- and no, he doesn't mean robbing people -- rather, if a dancer isn't smiling for a peformance and instead pulling a face.

"Yes, pulling a face, that's mugging," he confirmed, adding, "That's my pet hate! All the dances require a different face, and you have to have the right face for the right dance."

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As for the single piece of advice he'd give this year's contestants?

"Listen to your instructor, listening to your critiques," he said, adding,  Basically, open your ears, take it on board and don't get emotional!"

Dancing With The Stars airs Sundays at 7.30 on 10 and 10 Play.

Featured image:  Network 10.