Strictly Come Dancing 2019: Former star on why BBC wasn’t happy with him ‘I annoyed them’

Judge Robert Rinder finished in fifth place during the fourteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing. He was partnered with professional dancer Oksana Platero and the judge has often spoken out on how much he enjoyed his time on the BBC show. However he has now revealed the BBC weren’t so pleased with his behind-the-scenes behaviour as contestants got ready for the to dance each week. 

In an exclusive interview with at the TV Choice Awards, Rob was asked what it was like to take part.

“Every part of the show is incredible,” he began. “I used to hang out and delight in the costume room, the make-up…”

However the judge explained his love of the show sometimes got him into trouble.

He continued: “They used to send me out for doughnuts because I was annoying them so much.”

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“The whole production is honestly a gift,” he added.

When asked what advice he would give to this year’s crop of celebrities, Rob described the show as the “most fun”.

He said: “Smile, be authentic, no one died.

“It’s the best privilege you can have and the most fun you can have with your clothes on.

“Delight in it, it’s free dance lessons anyone that complains about it needs to get a real job.”

Rob went on to admit he’s still good friends with many of his Strictly co-stars.

He remarked: “I think we were lucky our year because everyone genuinely like one another. 

“I’m still friends with Greg [Rutherford], Will [Young] and very much with Louise Redknapp, we’ve honestly stayed close, we really loved each other.”

But the TV personality revealed BBC bosses have a technique to make you feel nervous before you dance.

He continued: “They only thing is, they deliberately conspire to make you nervous.”

Rob explained producers used to ask him how he was feeling before his performance to remind him of how many people would be watching.

“You know you’re going out in front of 30 million people,” he said. “’How do you feel?’”

Elsewhere a former Strictly pro could be set to return to the show after three years.


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During an appearance on Pointless Celebrities, Joanne Clifton confessed she would be open to a Strictly comeback.

Host Alexander Armstrong asked Joanne if her musical theatre career clashed with the BBC show.

“Does that mean you have to put Strictly on hold?” he asked.

“For now, yeah,” she admitted. “Never say never, I could go back we’ll see.”

Strictly Come Dancing returns Saturday on BBC One at 7pm.

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