Krishnan Guru-Murthy has said "it's right" as the decision was made to send him home after a dance off in Strictly Come Dancing.
The Channel 4 newsreader was the seventh celebrity eliminated from the BBC One competition on Sunday's episode (November 12), and upon his exit, he told the hosts: "It’s right I am going out."
He faced another broadcaster – Angela Rippon, in the dance-off – and lost out to the 79-year-old. But the 53-year-old has said the judges made the right call and he is happy with their decision.
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"Look, this has been the most incredible experience. I said it has been life-changing and it genuinely has. I am incredibly grateful to the entire production team, judges, my incredible Strictly family up there.
“It’s right I am going out this week and I have got to get back to life. The thing that has made Strictly really special is Lauren.
“She is the most incredible teacher, partner, friend. She is the real Strictly star and I am so delighted I am the first partnership you have had. She is going to go a long way and I am very proud of her.”
During the show, the broadcast journalist performed a samba routine to Bamboleo by Gipsy Kings, alongside professional Lauren Oakley. Angela and her partner Kai Widdrington took to the floor for a paso doble to Hung Up by Madonna.
Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke all opted for Rippon while saying the dance-off had been close. Motsi said she had been “undecided” and she and Anton both said their choice was about the “fundamentals”.
Craig called Guru-Murthy “magnificent” and hailed Rippon for “miraculously” saving a kick, but in the end the judge chose the latter contestant. However, if it was just down to Shirley, he would have stayed in the competition.
Head judge Shirley Ballas said: “Well, I picked the person that I felt was more grounded on their feet without any technical errors, and I would have saved Krishnan and Lauren.”
Dance professional Lauren said of the decision: “This guy (Krishnan) is what Strictly is about – from not having danced a step eight weeks ago, and you just danced that samba.
“I had an absolute ball every single week. You taught me so much as well, I am so grateful and it will be in my memory forever, and we will keep dancing.”
The show opened with a Remembrance Sunday routine by the professional dancers.
Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and 11-year-old daughter Virginia performed a rendition of Hallelujah by Canadian singer-songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen.
Heading to next week’s prestigious Blackpool Tower Ballroom event are: Bad Education star Layton Williams and partner Nikita Kuzmin, former Coronation Street actress Ellie Leach with Vito Coppola, Casualty star Nigel Harman with Katya Jones, tennis player Annabel Croft with Johannes Radebe, presenter Angela Scanlon with Carlos Gu, and EastEnders actor Bobby Brazier with Dianne Buswell, as well Rippon and Widdrington.
The Strictly Come Dancing Blackpool Special airs on Saturday at 6.40pm on BBC One.
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