As Richie Anderson was recounting his “amazing” experience on Strictly Come Dancing, he became emotional and began to shed tears.
During his first interview since being eliminated from the BBC series on Sunday, the TV and radio personality, who is 34 years old, battled to get his thoughts out and choked back tears. He was on Sunday booted from the competition.
During his appearance on the spin-off programme It Takes Two, he said, “I’m just so proud that I have met such wonderful…,” before turning to his professional partner Giovanni Pernice for encouragement.
His impassioned reaction was met with applause and encouragement from both his co-host Rylan Clark and the audience in the studio.
Following the second round of voting by the general public, it was determined that Anderson would face off against Fleur East, a singer and broadcaster.
They performed a head-turning samba to the tune of Hakuna Matata from the much-loved Disney film The Lion King, but the judges were not impressed with their performance.
When asked about his performances from the previous week, Anderson stated, “You always know, coming into the studio on a Saturday night, that it may be the final time.”
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“Every dance that I have done, it is possible that it was not technically great; but, I have always gone out there and given it some welly, as well as giving it 110% of my effort.”
“Because Rylan, all you can do is hope that it will be enough, and as you saw on Saturday night and Sunday night, you can never be too confident of anything.” However, I had just finished the most incredible moment of my life.”
Pernice remarked, “It’s not a nice position to be in, but in general, this tournament, everyone is amazing this year.” She was speaking about being in the bottom two against East.
“Fleur is amazing, and so is Vito (Coppola, the dancer who is her partner), but you don’t want to be in that position with anyone.”