Len Goodman's most memorable quotes as he prepares to step down


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Len Goodman will leave Strictly Come Dancing when the series ends on Saturday night.

The 72-year-old has been head judge since the BBC show started 12 years ago, and has become known for his witty comments to contestants.

Here are some of his best one-liners:

Len Goodman
Len Goodman (Ian West/PA)

To Countryfile presenter Anita Rani and professional dancer Gleb Savchenko after their tango to Cell Block Tango - "It was like a cow pat on Countryfile. Hot and steamy."

To The Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge on her foxtrot with professional partner Kevin Clifton - "You floated across that floor like butter on a crumpet."

Len Goodman
Len Goodman (Guy Levy/BBC/PA)

To EastEnders actress Kellie Bright after her salsa with Kevin Clifton - "There you were like two sizzling sausages on a BBQ ... Your bum was bionic."

Len Goodman and Natalie Lowe on Strictly
Len Goodman and Natalie Lowe (Guy Levy/BBC/PA)

To Bright and Clifton again after their samba to Boom! Shake The Room - "There are two things I don't like in this world: babies crying and hip hop."

Strictly judges
Strictly judges (BBC)

To broadcaster Jeremy Vine and professional partner Karen Clifton on their jive to Splish Splash: "It was like watching a stork who had been struck by lightning."

Jeremy Vine and Joanne Clifton
Jeremy Vine and Joanne Clifton (Guy Levy/BBC)

To Savchenko during a Ghost-themed American Smooth with Rani to Unchained Melody: "You flew across the floor like a rampant crab."

Gleb and Anita
Gleb and Anita (Guy Levy/PA)

To former shadow chancellor Ed Balls after his tango with professional partner Katya Jones to (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction: "Ed Balls? You're more like lottery balls, you never know what's going to come out next."

Ed Balls
Ed Balls (Guy Levy/BBC/PA Images)

Comparing Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse's salsa to Vivir Mi Vida to his breakfast porridge, "it was tasty, satisfying with a little bit of oaty flavour".

Oti Mabuse and Danny Mac (David Mirzoeff/PA)
Oti Mabuse and Danny Mac (David Mirzoeff/PA)