Judge Rinder says ‘Americans could do with British justice’
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Judge Robert Rinder, 43, has admitted that he got so swept up in his Strictly Come Dancing journey back in 2016 that he told a lie, which is very unlike him. The television personality and criminal barrister revealed he was so “discombobulated” by the glitz and glamour of the BBC show at the time, he told a fib about his lifelong ambitions.
Speaking on the That Gaby Roslin Podcast in a new interview, Judge Rinder revealed he got a bit carried away when he told viewers that all he’s “ever wanted to do is to get to Blackpool”, a landmark stage in the dance competition.
The star said: “Nobody ever conscripts me to say something I don’t think or believe, and I’m privileged in that regard because I came on telly when I was a fully formed grown up.
“But the only time I’ve ever said anything I didn’t believe at the time, was the first day on Strictly.
“All these lights, glitter and I was so discombobulated.
“I found myself looking down the barrel end of the camera going, ‘My whole life, all I’ve ever wanted to do is to get to Blackpool!’
“I can’t believe that just came out of my gob! Who says that!?”
He added: “As it turns out, I did in the end. But, what? I never thought that in my life!”
Judge Rinder went on to spill on whether Blackpool met his high expectations.
He told host Gaby: “It was absolutely fantastic. That is the best party.
“I felt like I was having some sort of species of post-operative dream, you know when people say they’ve come out of operations that they were hallucinating, that’s what it was like.
“Dancing in Blackpool was everything I hoped for and more… it was just great.”
Reflecting on his performance at the famous Tower Ballroom with his professional dance partner Oksana Platero, Judge Rinder admitted that there was one moment that didn’t pan out they way he had hoped.
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The star said: “There was one ropey moment where I had to fly in on this wooden chair, and I came down into this sort of swirl.”
He added: “That was a bit frightening, but then the party, they close off this hotel we were in, back in the day when you could have parties.
“My goodness, I mean, there was one moment where Rick Astley was leading a Conga line singing his own song. I mean, heaven. Life made!”
Judge Rinder just missed out on a place in the BBC One show’s semi-final.
The star lost out to fellow contestant Ore Oduba, who won the dance-off at the time.
Ore went on to win Strictly that year with his partner Joanne Clifton.
After he was eliminated, Judge Rinder told hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman: “I honestly don’t know what to say, every single person involved in this programme has so much love for it and that permeates through the screen.
“It’s a joy to be here, every single person, there’s too many people to thank but I even want to thank the judges. I know how difficult it is sometimes to be a judge and you do it with authenticity and enthusiasm and thank you all for your comments.”
‘That Gaby Roslin Podcast’ is available on all podcast streaming platforms. Episodes are weekly, released every Monday.
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