Craig Revel Horwood reckons newcomer Darcey Bussell will take his crown as the meanest judge on the Strictly Come Dancing panel.

Former ballet star Darcey has already predicted that she will be a harsh critic on the panel when the series returns this week.

And now acid-tongued Craig has voiced his fears that he will no longer be the toughest of the four judges on the show when his new colleague replaces Alesha Dixon - and he will have to raise his game.

He said: "I'm slightly concerned about Darcey Bussell being a little bit b****ier than myself. However, I am going to do my absolute best to out-b**** her."

Craig defended the tough stance he often takes on the show.

"I've been employed as a judge - and judge them I will," he said.

Fellow judge Len Goodman said Darcey's ballet background would give her a different take on the contestants.

"She'll be looking for musicality, lyrical movement, things like that which sometimes us three tend to gloss over a little bit. I think she's going to be terrific," he said.