Strictly's Judge Rinder being whipped into shape by tough Oksana Platero

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Strictly Come Dancing's pro dancer Oksana Platero is giving Judge Rinder a tough time in training.

Oksana is a newbie to Strictly this year and Rinder is finding out she's a very strict teacher.

"I caught her online searching for canes," he told the Daily Star, "I thought it was a prop for a routine. Now I'm not so sure.

"You don't want to get on the wrong side of her. She is a force of nature and very strict."

Judge Rinder's performance was the talk of the show from Strictly's first weekend, even if the judges' marks didn't place it top of the leaderboard.

Darcey Bussell reacted: “It was extraordinary, that was the wildest surprise I think I've ever had!"

And Len Goodman quipped: "If entertainment is a crime then you’re guilty."

This week Judge Rinder and Oksana will be dancing the American Smooth to 'Marvin Gaye' by Charlie Puth ft. Meghan Trainor, including a trio of lifts.

Oksana revealed: "It's going rather well, there's tricks involved and a lot of responsibilities."

"The risk is pretty big, apparently if you break them you have to buy them!" quipped Rinder.

As well as the lifts, Judge Rinder is hoping to sort out his face.

"I didn't know that happened until I watched it back," he said of his expressions, "It's quite something... I'm not sure what's going on there. I'm trying to control [my face]."

Strictly Come Dancing 2016's live shows continue this Saturday at 6:20PM on BBC One.

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