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

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:

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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

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.”

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”.

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