Judge Rinder has revealed how happy he was to leave Strictly Come Dancing after having “the most fun I possibly could”.
It was probably one of the most emotional departures of the series on Sunday night, when the loveable and hilarious Judge Rinder bid a tearful farewell to the BBC competition. The celebrity contestant just missed out on the Strictly semi-finals after losing the dance-off to Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton during last week’s results show.
However, speaking on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two this Monday, Judge Rinder revealed how he proud he was to leave on such a high. The Strictly star confessed that performing the samba routine was some of “the most fun” he has had on the show.
He said: “We loved it. We really, really did.
“I thought, ‘It’s going to be a challenging week, so let’s go out and have fun’. And you know, I really did!
“It was the first week before we went out that I wasn’t nervous at all. There was somebody I really love in my life who passed away and earlier in the day I got a text message saying ‘Defying Gravity’ was her favourite song.
“There was something that happened and the alchemy changed. That moment the music came on, I just had the most fun I possibly could.”
Judge Rinder also thanked his professional partner Oksana Platero for giving him his newfound love of ballroom.
“She sort of looked at me in the first week and wondered, ‘What on earth are we going to do?'” he joked. “I’m a big fan of the show… I used to listen to people talk about their ‘journey’ and go, ‘Oh goodness!’
“But actually, genuinely that’s what we’ve been through! I said it every week and I meant it from the bottom of my heart, she’s taught me! She’s taught me to love dance. She’s held my hand the whole time.
“When somebody teaches you to love something, you never forget that! It’s such a generous thing to do. I’ve loved every minute of it. I think and I hope and, in fact, I’m sure that people have responded to it.”
Now, just Claudia Fragapane and AJ Pritchard, Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse, Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton, and Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton remain in the running to take home that famous glitterball trophy.
Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 6.50pm on BBC One.