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Judge Rinder: 'In Blackpool Rick Astley Was Leading A Conga, Doing Karaoke To His Own Tune Whilst I Was Delightedly Drunk'

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18.09.2021

Within minutes of his dancefloor debut, fans of ITV daytime show Judge Rinder got to see a whole new side of its star Robert Rinder when he appeared on Strictly Come Dancing back in 2016.

When taking to the floor with partner Oksana Platero for the first time, not only were viewers impressed with his surprisingly good moves, but he instantly had them talking when he revealed the rippling six pack he’d been hiding under his court robes all that time.

However, it turns out his first dance wasn’t originally meant to play out like that at all.

“It was a bit of a wardrobe malfunction, actually,” he says of his robe-ripping moment. “I wasn’t supposed to do that. They were supposed to sew me in, but I hadn’t spent all that time…

“I was up for a bit of fun. It was joyous,” he laughs.

That was just one of the many fabulous memories TV’s favourite legal eagle shared with us to celebrate the return of Strictly to our screens for HuffPost UK’s new interview series Back To The Ballroom.

Each week throughout the BBC show’s 19th season, a Strictly All Star will be dishing on their dance floor experience, as we take a peek behind the show’s sequinned curtain.

First up, Judge Rinder reveals his ballroom bromance and shares why Strictly made him tell his first ever lie on TV.

Strictly changed some people’s perceptions of me

“Often people would come up tentatively in a mildly-intimidated, apprehensive way for a selfie thinking if they got it wrong thought they would end up in prison. But now they see that I’m capable of escapist, glittery joy, they see that I’m more gentle and inclusive.

“You get immersed in this overwhelming good will – people want to talk to you and always ask about dancing. And what a nice thing.”

The most surprising thing about Strictly was...

“How completely involved you become. You become so swept up in it.

“I used to work on cases that had real international consequence or cases involving issues of life and death from time to time, and if you told me 10 years ago that I would feel the........

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