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Strictly's Craig Revel Horwood says Anton Du Beke is 'wasting an opportunity' with Katie Derham

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Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has issued some words of wisdom to professional dancer Anton Du Beke. The dancer may be third favourite to win the 2015 competition with BBC Proms presenter Katie Derham, but Craig thinks they still have a lot of work to do if they want to make it through to the finals.

Craig explained to Woman magazine: "Katie is fantastic – but Anton's got a problem, because he just isn't giving her the right material and he's wasting an opportunity."

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Craig Revel Horwood says Anton Du Beke is "wasting an opportunity" with Katie Derham

He added that Anton isn't used to receiving negative feedback from the judges for his routines, so was "deflated" when his and Katie's Cha-Cha only received 20 points out of a possible 40 earlier this month.

"The pro dancers aren't invincible, but sometimes they think they are," Craig said. "Anton's not used to being criticised, and he was rather deflated when we told him off for his cha-cha-cha routine [the previous week."

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Katie and Anton topped the leaderboard with their Viennese waltz

Katie and Anton impressed the judges with their "gracious and sophisticated" Viennese waltz at the weekend, and topped the leaderboard with an impressive 33 points – only the second time that Anton had done so in his 12 years on the show.

Following their success Katie shared a photo of herself and her overjoyed dance partner backstage on Twitter, writing: "Catching up with all your AMAZING tweets about last night! I think this photo sums up how we felt."

The pair are now one of the front-runners in the competition, close behind Peter Andre and Janette Manrara in second place, and former The Wanted star Jay McGuiness, who is now favourite to win with his partner Aliona Vilani.