Tameka Empson surprised by Strictly Come Dancing departure
Tameka Empson was "surprised" to be voted off 'Strictly Come Dancing'.
The 'EastEnders' star exited the dancing competition on Sunday night (09.10.16) but admits she is unsure why as she "didn't put a foot wrong" in her routine.
She said: "I was surprised if I'm honest, not being big headed. I didn't put a foot wrong and being in that character."
And the 39-year-old actress is disappointed she didn't last longer in the competition for the sake of her dancing partner Gorka Marquez.
She added: "I had a bit of pain in my back but I used that pain to drive through ...
"I know I'm not what you call a dancer, a dancer type, but I did put the work in. I didn't want it to be so short for Gorka."
However, Tameka insists she loved the experience and all the people she worked with on the BBC One show.
Speaking to Zoe Ball on 'Strictly' spin-off show, It Takes Two, she said: "They are a great group of people. The talent was tough this year, but think it was a great year for me to do it. I'm going to keep dancing. I love it. I love the whole process."
Meanwhile, speaking shortly after her exit, Tameka admitted she was "grateful" to have a chance to be on the show.
She shared: "It has been brief. I have enjoyed my time immensely, I really have. It's lovely to be a part of it, I'm grateful so thank you...
"Gorka is such a lovely person, I think he is a great asset to the show, you have shown me so much passion, patience, motivation and I love you, I think you are fantastic."