The Strictly: It Takes Two co-presenter went on to announce: “The judges voted Penny through and it could have gone either way and I got a bit of backlash because of that but it’s out of my control at the end of the day.
“There are some decisions like that where you think, how did that happen?” Ian recalled. “But it comes down to personal preference.”
Ian also reflected on the time he spent with Rod while Penny was his celebrity partner.
The pro added: “I spent lots of time with Rod. When I first danced with Penny I had to go to Los Angeles with her because she was practicing out there for the first month and I went to their home in Beverly Hills.
“We were training in a studio on Rodeo Drive and we’d been training for a couple of days and on the Thursday Penny said, ‘Rod’s coming in to say hello today.’ And I was like, ‘Oh my God, only THE Rod Stewart is coming in to look at our practice.’”