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Gavel falls on Judge Rinder’s time in Strictly

The Jewish celebrity lawyer shuffled out of the dancing competition, adding that it was 'a joy' to take part

Oksana Platero and Judge Robert Rinder during the live show of BBC1 show, Strictly Come Dancing, as Judge Rinder shuffled out of Strictly Come Dancing after losing a dance off with sports presenter rival Ore Oduba.  (Photo credit: Guy Levy/BBC/PA)
Oksana Platero and Judge Robert Rinder during the live show of BBC1 show, Strictly Come Dancing, as Judge Rinder shuffled out of Strictly Come Dancing after losing a dance off with sports presenter rival Ore Oduba. (Photo credit: Guy Levy/BBC/PA)

Judge Rinder has shuffled out of Strictly Come Dancing after losing a dance off with sports presenter rival Ore Oduba.

But the departing Jewish TV star said it was “a joy” to take part in the show and urged everyone to try dancing.

Rinder thanked his professional partner Oksana Platero and those involved in the show for having “so much love” for it.

“It’s a joy to be here, every single person, there’s too many people to thank but I even want to thank the judges,” he said.

“You are never too old to try something new and everyone should try dancing, thank you so much.”

Platero said her first season on the show had been an “unforgettable time”.

Rinder became the 11th celebrity contestant to leave the show, with the judges voting unanimously to save Oduba and his partner Joanne Clifton after each pair performed their routines again.

The judges’ scores were combined with the results of the viewers’ vote to decide the two lowest scoring couples to face each other in the dance off.

Rinder and Platero did an energetic samba to Oh! What a Night! from Jersey Boys, while Oduba and Clifton did their foxtrot to Pure Imagination from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as part of the musicals theme.

Judge Craig Revel Horwood said Oduba and Clifton had “better technique” and Darcey Bussell praised the duo’s “artistry and technique”.

Fellow judge Bruno Tonioli also preferred their performance to that of Rinder and Platero.

The remaining four couples, including celebrity dancers Claudia Fragapane, Danny Mac, Louise Redknapp and Oduba, dance again in the semi-final on Saturday.

 

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