Judge Rinder makes tearful goodbye to Strictly Come Dancing 2016

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Judge Rinder has made an emotional exit from Strictly COme Dancing 2016

The TV judge lost his place in Sunday night's results show after performing in the Quarter Finals.

Those in the bottom two were Sports Presenter Ore Oduba and his professional partner Joanne Clifton, and star of Judge Rinder and his professional partner Oksana Platero.

It was the second time in the dance off for both but it was the last for Judge Rinder with a unanimous decision from the judges to save Ore.

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Speaking about his final dance on It Takes Two on Monday night, Judge Rinder said: "We loved it. We really, really did," he said. "I thought, 'It's going to be a challenging week, so let's go out and have fun'. And you know, I really did!"

And he revealed: "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 went on to rave about pro partner Oksana, saying she had "taught me to love dance."

"When someone teaches you to love something, you never forget that. It's such a generous thing to do and I've loved every minute of it," he added.

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Oksana replied: "[You taught me] so much. I guess I can say what true dedication is. Because no matter how late he is, how tired he is, how frustrated both of us are... the kind of respect and complete dedication and listening to every word I said - he did it!"

Judge Rinder concluded: "I'm a stiff, upper-lipped guy.. If you told me two years ago I'd be getting weepy over a dance competition, i'd have told how you 'Don't be such a ninny!' but I've been completely invested in it."

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 continues Saturday and Sunday night on BBC One with the live semi-finals.

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