Deborah Meaden and her professional partner Robin Windsor became the fourth couple to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing 2013 on Sunday evening.
In her exit interview on It Takes Two last night with Zoe Ball, Deborah said that she had the time of her life on the show as she got to learn a new skill, thanks to Robin, and she never thought she would enjoy it as much as she did. A teary Robin added that the pair were in “a very unsafe place” on the leader board on Saturday and it’s the time of the competition that’s notorious for giving contestants the bump who should not necessarily be going home.
When asked how it was to dance for the final time on Sunday, Deborah explained: “The only good thing about a dance-off is you kind of know that it might be your last one, so I just thought that I’m going to… you know, as I have, I love dancing, and I thought I was going to enjoy it and I did. That was the only good thing about it, thinking I’m going to have my last dance with my wonderful dance partner”.
Poor Robin begun to get a little dewy-eyed again as Deborah was speaking – n’aww! However, the lovely thing is that the pair have vowed to keep dancing together up until Christmas. They’re heading on back into rehearsals this week to learn the dance they’d have been performing on Saturday as Deborah would love to keep learning to dance.
“I mean, the table was very clever, it was something different. Deborah was still doing the Viennese Waltz timing throughout the time we were using the table and it worked perfectly for the number we were trying to create,” Robin explained about the criticism of using the table on Saturday evening.
The pair went on to say that they were in “a very unsafe place on the leader board” at the end of Saturday night’s live show and notoriously, someone always goes home who shouldn’t go home. Deborah & Robin added that none of their family voted this week as they presumed the couple would be safe… it just goes to show that you need to vote for your favourite week in, week out if you want them to stay in the competition.
Of whether it was her time to leave or not, Deborah said: “The only thing I will say is that I would have hated to have gone out on the Jive because I didn’t enjoy the Jive, it wasn’t my best dance. Actually, I enjoyed this dance”.
“They’ve been amazing. I’ve had the most amazing texts and phone calls and people just being lovely,” she said on how supportive her fellow dancers have been.
Deborah finally added that it’s really hard to choose who she would like to win, but Sophie Ells-Bextor is wonderful.
Strictly Come Dancing continues next Saturday (November 2) at 6:30pm on BBC One/HD.