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Strictly’s Dianne Buswell shares heartache over show farewell ‘Really hard to say goodbye’

Dianne Buswell has admitted she finds it “really hard” to bid farewell to her Strictly Come Dancing co-stars in an exclusive interview with Express Earlier this year, she was forced to say goodbye to a few Strictly favourites, including Oti Mabuse and Aljaž Škorjanec.

Dianne, 33, has been busy this year, filming in sub-zero temperatures for ITV’s Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof and, most recently, teaming up with Sure to set a new Guinness world record for furthest distance danced by a couple with dance pro Pasquale La Rocca.

However, with Strictly Come Dancing 2022 coming this autumn, Dianne shared her thoughts on what it was like saying goodbye to some of her longtime colleagues. 

Asked what it was like bidding farewell to Oti and Aljaž, she said: “It’s really hard to say goodbye because we’ve become this really tight knit family.

“But we always know that we’re still going to see each other because we are so close.


Dianne had to say goodbye to Oti and Aljaz (Image: GETTY/BBC)


Oti left Strictly and is now a judge on Dancing On Ice (Image: GETTY)

“You know, we’ve already seen Oti and Aljaž already since then,” she added, reflecting on their departure. 

“So I’m sure there’ll be many more moments where we see them.”

Dianne also gushed about former Strictly pro Janette Manrara’s seamless transition from dancer to presenter. 

“Jeanette has taken to it like a duck to water,” Dianne reflected. 


Dianne is a Strictly favourite (Image: GETTY)

Aljaz Janette

Aljaz has also left Strictly (Image: GETTY)


Dianne recently appeared on ITV’s Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof (Image: ITV)

“She’s incredible at that and, you know, we did miss her in Strictly rehearsals and all that. 

“But at the same time, it was so nice to see her on It Takes Two, because we still got our Janette fix, which was lovely. 

“And we still get our Anton fix every week in the show as well, so it was a bit of a win-win really.”

Dianne referred to fellow Strictly star Anton Du Beke, who gave up dancing on the show once and for all to accept a role as a permanent judge this year.

The decision to make Anton a full time judge follows his successful debut as a judge last year, while he was filling in for Bruno Tonioli, who has now left the show. 

“I adore Anton. I think he’s hilarious and an amazing dancer,” gushed Dianne.

“He’s such a perfect person for Strictly – everyone knows Anton from Strictly.”

Dianne went on to admit: “I must say, I missed him within all the pro numbers and stuff last year.

“But I absolutely loved seeing him just shine in that role of being a judge. 

“I thought he was just amazing. I always knew he would be good at that role and he was. 

“He was even better than I thought he would be,” Dianne added.

The dancer also spoke about smashing a world record shortly ahead of her return to Strictly this Autumn, revealing: “It was really fun, actually. I thought it would be harder than it was. Two hours and 15 minutes of non-stop dancing – it’s something I can tick off my bucket list!”

Dianne relied on Sure’s new 72H Nonstop Protection deodorant to keep her protected from sweat and odour as she pushed herself to her limits in the record-breaking dance session. 



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