Brendan Cole has revealed how there were a LOT of tears when Strictly Come Dancing said goodbye to Len Goodman.
The head judge stepped down from the show this year after more than a decade on the BBC One series.
During his last live appearance on the Strictly Come Dancing 2016 final, there was special dance for Len from the professional dancers and things got very emotional off camera.
Pro performer Brendan revealed: “Our dance for Len was obviously really poignant and just a really nice thing to do on the live show. The waltz is actually my favourite dance, so it was a really nice thing to do that and pay tribute to our Lenny. But it was very emotional - half the girls were crying, for goodness’ sake.
“When I walked up to Natalie [Lowe] before she and Anton [Du Beke] started the dance, to say, ‘Have a good one’, she pushed me away and slapped her hands in front of her eyes as if she was about to start crying because she couldn’t take it! So that was really funny, but she’s an emotional one, is our Natalie. We don’t mind that!”
Brendan admitted that Strictly would "definitely miss" Len but it shouldn't necessarily be a bad thing.
“And it doesn’t change for the worse, it just changes into something different. As much as the show will miss having our head judge, whatever happens next year, it will be a slight change but hopefully it won’t be a bad thing, it will just be different," the dancer explained.
As for the potential of Brendan himself stepping into Len's shoes and becoming a judge next year, he said: “My name has been thrown out there, and I’d certainly like to be considered in the mix - I’d be honoured.
“If the BBC consider me, that would be amazing. If they don’t, then so be it. It’s their decision and they’ll make whatever decision is right for the show. We’ll wait and see on that front and see what they want to do!”