"When Maisie Smith was on the show, people were having a go. But people loved, say, Danny Mac."
The professional dancer quit the BBC dance show in 2019.
The former pro also joked there was one dancer who was "never worried" about it.
He's admitted that rivalries used to form when new dancers were introduced into the fold.
“I can’t think of anything worse than being a tradwife."
The Strictly pair were married for three years before eventually it quits in 2018.
"I’m learning not to get my hopes up too much," the former Strictly professional says in our new interview series, 2020: The Year That Wasn't.
The former pro dancer partnered the EastEnders star when she appeared on a one-off Children In Need special of Strictly last year.
The Radio 1 presenter said the former Strictly pro "knows what he's talking about" after he called out the judges' "harsh" scoring.
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He also revealed who he thinks is going to win this year's series.
The former home secretary and partner Anton DuBeke were the first couple to be voted off the BBC show.
"I thought, I’ve just made this big announcement. I don’t want to look like an idiot," the pro dancer said.
The new series of the BBC ballroom show will be unlike any other before it.
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The former Strictly Come Dancing pro's relationship with Stacey Dooley has been the subject of many news stories.
The Strictly Come Dancing professionals announced their split in 2018, after three years of marriage.
The professional dancer announced his decision to leave the BBC show last week.
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The documentary maker lifted the glitterball trophy with her boyfriend Kevin Clifton in 2018.
The professional dancer has announced he's leaving the BBC dance show after seven years.
After the professional dancer's announcement that he is quitting the BBC show, we're celebrating his best dance floor creations.
The professional dancer is leaving the BBC ballroom show.