02/11/2015 07:14 GMT | Updated 03/11/2015 11:59 GMT

'Strictly Come Dancing' Pro Kristina Rihanoff Admits She's Contemplating Quitting Show

Kristina Rihanoff has hinted she could quit ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ when the current series ends.


The professional dancer has admitted she would like to try her hand at different things after seven years on the BBC ballroom show.

Kristina Rihanoff

Having already been voted off this year’s series with partner Daniel O’Donnell, Kristina told the Daily Star she is contemplating her future.

"For me, it's about deciding the next big thing because I love choreography, I love being a creative director. So we'll see about ‘Strictly’. I don't know what will happen, it's early days," she said.

“Obviously, the production always wanted me back those times. It’s nice to be needed and wanted and know they admire me for my professionalism.”

One of the options she is considering is becoming a TV talent show judge, but she's admitted that she wouldn’t want to join Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell on the ‘Strictly’ panel, as it would be “too close to home”.

“I would love to do more work as a judge or as someone commentating on a show like ‘Strictly’,” she said. “I’ve seen all of the production side and the ins and outs of how everything works.

“But maybe I could do it on another show. I did commentary on ‘It Takes Two’ and I tried to be fair – it wasn’t an easy job.”

Daniel O'Donnell partnered Kristina on this year's show

Kristina joined ‘Strictly’ in 2008 and her love life soon became a topic of much discussion, as she has enjoyed relationships with many of the show’s stars including Vincent Simone, Joe Calzaghe and Ben Cohen.

She recently reveals that she felt suicidal after being trolled by fans over her romances, which she admitted “destroyed” her.

Writing in her autobiography Dancing Out Of Darkness, she said: “I felt suicidal at that point in my life. I was having such dark thoughts — and I’m not a person who gives up easily.

“I know that I’m strong but the abuse... it just destroyed me emotionally. I couldn’t find a single positive thing to tell myself.”

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