Strictly Come Dancing sent home Jonnie Peacock this week as the Paralympic champion became the eighth to depart the dance floor.
Jonnie told host Tess Daly: “I think it’s been an absolute honour to be the first disabled person [on Strictly] and I want to thank each and every one of you for judging me as an equal.”
Of the judge’s comments he said “That’s what I want. You’ve been critical with me and I want that criticism. I think that’s fantastic and hope it paves the way for more people to come through and I think they may be able to stick their bum under a bit better than me.”
“I need to say an absolutely gigantic thank you to this woman [Oti] for pushing me because she knows what I’m capable of. Her choreography has been has been outstanding, and for putting up with me – thank you so much.”
His professional dancing partner, Oti added: “This has been one of the most life changing things that could ever happen to me. Jonnie is not only an inspiration but he represents so much more. If anybody wants to do anything, if you put your mind to it then you can achieve it and that’s what he represents.”