Judge Rinder gets 'tingles' over Darcey Bussell
Judge Rinder can't help but get the "tingles" when Darcey Bussell speaks to him because he's in awe of her
Judge Robert Rinder gets "tingles" whenever Darcey Bussell speaks to him.
The 40-year-old star - who is openly gay - has had a crush on the 'Strictly Come Dancing' judge for years and even after weeks on the show, he still blushes whenever they meet backstage.
He admitted: "I was at Darcey's last performance of 'Song Of The Earth' at the Royal Opera House nine years ago, before she retired as a ballerina, so when she says hello to me now, I blush from head to foot.
"I'm such a huge fan. Even backstage, I'm like a shy schoolboy.
"She called me 'cute' when I was dressed as a caveman. I felt myself going beetroot. I got the tingles."
Robert has faced a lot of criticism from judge Craig Revel Horwood, but he poked fun at the panelist for his obsession with his facial expressions.
He told Closer magazine: "As long as he says constructive things I don't care.
"The poor darling seems to be more upset with my facial expressions, but I can understand why that is.
"I've said it before and it's true - it must be very challenging to see someone with s much facial range as me. Also, it's been a while since he's had that suppleness."
Though all the contestants have forged a strong bond, the 'Judge Rinder' star has grown particularly close to Olympian Greg Rutherford, 29.
He said: "I adore Greg. He's the type of guy you wish was your big brother - you know he would stand between you and a bully. All the contestants are on a big WhatsApp group - it's really funny. I hope we all go out for dinner when this has finished and I really hope to go on a trip with Greg and his family."