Strictly's Kai Widdrington breaks silence after Angela Rippon exit

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Kai Widdrington, a professional dancer from the show Strictly Come Dancing, has recently spoken up about Angela Rippon's departure from the competition.

During the week of Blackpool, the BBC show had to say goodbye to its eighth contestant, who happened to be a TV presenter. The elimination came after a dance-off where they faced off against EastEnders actor Bobby Brazier and dancer Dianne Buswell.

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Kai used Instagram to share several pictures from his and Angela's experience on the show, expressing how honored he felt to dance alongside the host.

"It has been an incredible 10 weeks dancing alongside the iconic @theangelarippon. We made a promise to dazzle and impress on the dance floor, and we kept our word," he stated.

Regarding: Kai Widdrington from Strictly Come Dancing supports Angela Rippon's participation in the contest.

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We're so grateful to everyone who helped us along the way, and we want to give a special shoutout to Angela. She showed unwavering dedication despite the injuries, intense training, and difficult routines. Thank you, Angela, for being amazing!

"It was an absolute joy and honor to have danced alongside you. Your presence has shown us that one's age does not determine their ability to move gracefully. Looking forward to seeing you perform in the upcoming live shows of Strictly next year," expressed Kai, concluding his message.

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"We look forward to seeing everyone in January for the live performances! Don't worry, even though we may not be in the competition anymore, we will still be dancing with all our might."

During Angela's participation in the dancing competition, she found herself in the bottom two on three separate occasions. In previous instances, she danced in order to secure her place against fellow contestants, such as Channel 4 news anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Waterloo Road actor Adam Thomas.

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Angela shared her experience of dancing in the Blackpool ballroom after more than four decades since she presented Come Dancing on the results show of Strictly Come Dancing, where her departure was disclosed last Sunday.

"Being a part of this aspect of the competition or program has truly given me a new perspective and understanding in several ways," she expressed.

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I've done a lot of programmes, but the team spirit in this one is unique and unmatched.

Every Saturday and Sunday, you can catch Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One, alongside its spin-off show Strictly: It Takes Two, which airs on weekday evenings on BBC Two. If you miss any episode, don't worry, as both shows are available to watch via BBC iPlayer.

You can now purchase tickets for the live arena tour of Strictly in 2024.

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Curious about discussing all things Strictly Come Dancing? Come check out out our exclusive subsection of the forum that's solely dedicated to the popular dance competition.

Brenna Cooper is a self-employed writer for Digital Spy and is an expert in covering the entertainment industry. In 2022, she was welcomed into the Digital Spy team where she creates articles relating to TV shows and films. Brenna completed her Journalism Masters that was approved by the NCTJ at the University of Sheffield in 2020, and ever since, she has been working as a freelance journalist.

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Before, Brenna created lifestyle articles for and she is particularly fascinated by music. Her area of expertise includes reviewing live performances and conducting interviews with groups like Confidence Man and Amyl and the Sniffers.

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