Over the weekend, Ruth Langsford become the seventh celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing, leaving her fellow celeb dancers and the nation gutted.
The presenter had delighted audiences with her moves on the Strictly ballroom over the weeks – and despite sometimes receiving not so brilliant scores from the judges, she and professional partner Anton Du Beke always left viewers smiling.
But following her foxtrot on Saturday’s show, Ruth was forced to face up to the dance-off with Paralympian Jonnie Peacock – and sadly lost out on the chance to go to the much-talked-about Blackpool round.
Live on It Takes Two with her partner Anton, Ruth confessed that she wasn’t particularly surprised to be eliminated – and sadly, that she was almost expecting it.
She told Zoe Ball, “I’m very disappointed not to get to Blackpool, mostly for Anton.
“I’d love to have done a ballroom dance at the Tower Ballroom… but it wasn’t to be.
Ruth then confessed, “I didn’t do a good Foxtrot. I didn’t like that dance.”
But although she was booted off before the popular Blackpool week, it seems Ruth is just happy to have taken part in the show at all.
“I’m so thrilled to have even got this far. I didn’t think I’d get past week two or three. This man is the most wonderful teacher. We did laugh a lot. But he’s so patient.
“He never told me off once. Even when I cried, he used to give me a hanky and a cup of tea. It got the point where he used to bring a hanky, and I’d have it tucked in my skirt.”
Ruth also discussed her exit from the show live on Loose Women, and took the time to acknowledge how tough she’d found the training.
Discussing her Strictly journey with her fellow Loose ladies, she said, “You see me coming in every day and (say) ‘How are you getting on?’ and I said, ‘I cried all day yesterday’.
She also admitted that her mistake in the dance-off on Sunday night may have cost her her place in the show.
“The foxtrot and me didn’t get on very well. I told you ‘I’m finding the foxtrot really hard’ and then I messed up in the dance-off and made a big mistake. I laughed.”
However, despite all the difficulties, she remained as positive as ever, and concluded that she definitely doesn’t regret taking part in the BBC show.
“It was such an experience, I’m so glad I said yes because when they asked me I thought ‘ooh can I fit this in with work?’
“I’m so glad I said yes. It was everything I thought it would be with bells on. It’s exciting, and it’s terrifying.”
We’ll miss you on the show Ruth!