Judi returned to the competition on Saturday after taking the week before off due to coronavirus.
She was forced into isolation after testing positive but returned at the weekend before getting voted off the show.
On returning to the competition after recovering from Covid, Judi said: ‘I felt like there was a lot of nerves but I was so determined to get back on that dancefloor, no matter what, with my partner…
Good friends: The funnywoman said she was ‘so appreciative’ of twinkle-toed star Graziano while he said she was ‘the highlight’ of his journey
Appreciative: On her participation in this year’s series, Judi told It Takes Two host Rylan Clark-Neal, 33, on Monday: ‘There’s a sense of accomplishment when taking part in Strictly’
Forever friends: Praising his pal, Graziano gushed: ‘Judi has been the highlight of my journey on Strictly.
I found a friend. She understood every part of my character’
Host with the most: Judi and Graziano spoke to Rylan Clark-Neal about their Strictly journey on Monday night
‘I just wanted to get back out there and share the experience with Graziano again – it’s a partnership.’
Judi’s Cha Cha to Physical by Olivia Newton-John was not enough to keep her in the competition as she went up against Adam and Katya but she is not holding her elimination against the judges.
She said: ‘I feel good!
I appreciate all the judges, they’re professionals. That’s their expertise, but what I would say to Craig is that his expertise is ballroom so I would challenge him to a little twerk off and let me lift up my scoreboard!’
Tragic: Judi became the fifth celebrity contestant to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing during Sunday night’s episode, after returning to the show following her Covid scare
Battling it out: Comedian Judi and her partner Graziano Di Prima landed in the dance-off against swimmer Adam and Katya
Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke all opted to save Adam – with Shirley Ballas adding she would have made the same decision.
On Saturday, Craig said: ‘I think it’s a tough year for celebrities to sign up for Strictly, there is so much dance talent that you are competing with.
All that being said, I have a personal preference and that personal preference, on their dance tonight, is Adam and Katya.’
Anton added: ‘When these two couples danced these dances last night, I gave them the same mark. Watching them tonight, they both made mistakes, but the couple who pushed through with their routine in a stronger way is Adam and Katya.’