Robert 'Judge' Rinder joins Strictly Come Dancing
Robert 'Judge' Rinder has joined 'Strictly Come Dancing'.
The straight-talking criminal barrister has agreed to take part in the Ballroom and Latin show later this year because he believes nothing will make his grandmother "more proud" than seeing him flaunt his fancy footwork on the dance floor.
Speaking on Scott Mills' BBC Radio 1 show on Monday (22.08.16), he said: "The only thing I knew would make my grandmother more proud than watching my TV courtroom was to see me dressed up in white tie doing the Foxtrot.
"So although I suspect the latter will be far more difficult, I am doing 'Strictly Come Dancing' for her. No doubt the judges will be as fair, kind and thoughtful as me (especially the charming Craig Revel Horwood). I shall await their verdicts."
And, although he's used to being in control in the courtroom, the 38-year-old star will be out of his comfort zone when he has to lead his professional lady around the dance floor.
Judge Rinder - who fronts his own show under the same name on weekdays - will be up against some stiff competition from the likes of Ed Balls, Will Young, Laura Whitmore, Ore Oduba, Melvin Odoom, Louise Redknapp, Danny Mac, Daisy Lowe, Naga Munchetty, Anastacia and Claudia Fragapane as they're also determined to give it their all in the hope of nabbing the Glitterball trophy.
The final three contestants will be announced in due course.