Richard Arnold: 'It was right for me to leave Strictly'
Richard Arnold felt like it was the correct time for him to leave 'Strictly Come Dancing' because of the competition
Richard Arnold believes it was "natural" for him to leave 'Strictly Come Dancing'.
The showbiz journalist - who departed with his partner Erin Boag last night (18.11.12) after a dance-off against Westlife singer Nicky Byrne - did not feel upset about leaving the BBC One show because he felt it was the correct time for him to end his dancing journey.
He said: "I said to judge Len Goodman I think it was the natural order for me to go this weekend. Now you've got eight couples left who are brilliant at what they do.
"You think of the people who are left - members of the biggest boy band and girl band in Britain, the man who won the Ashes, two Olympians - what a line-up!"
Now Richard is backing former 'Emmerdale' actress Lisa Riley - who received a standing ovation after her performance on Saturday (17.11.12) - to win the competition.
He added to The Sun newspaper: "I'd love to see Lisa raise the trophy - she's an incredible person. She's had a terrible year with her mum passing away but the way the nation have taken her to their hearts is a lovely thing to watch."