Jude Dobson eliminated from Dancing with the Stars after injury and 80 hours work

Former televison presenter Jude Dobson was the first person eliminated from Dancing with the Stars.
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Former televison presenter Jude Dobson was the first person eliminated from Dancing with the Stars.

Jude Dobson is onto her third coffee of the day. It's 9am.

The former television presenter, turned documentary maker and parenting expert can now add another title to her growing curriculum vitae: Former Dancing with the Stars competitor.

Last night, Dobson became the first person to be eliminated from this season of Dancing with the Stars.

Jude Dobson didn't have the dance she would have wanted.
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Jude Dobson didn't have the dance she would have wanted.

This morning she sent a photo in the DWTS group chat. It was of the sun rise, because she says "it will all be OK".

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When she talks about leaving the competition, she sounds philosophical. She says there were tears on Monday night, when she was voted off.

"I'm OK," she says on Tuesday morning. "It would have been nice to last a little longer, to be fair. But everyone's got to go at some stage."

After getting the second lowest score in week one, she says she expected to go home sooner rather than later.

Former televison presenter Jude Dobson was the first person eliminated from Dancing with the Stars.
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Former televison presenter Jude Dobson was the first person eliminated from Dancing with the Stars.

"The writing was on the wall, it's hard to work your way up when you start at the bottom of the food chain."

She was on the show for just two weeks. Just four episodes. She danced twice.

But she put so much effort into the programme.

Dobson says she was practicing with her dance partner Matt Tatton-Brown for about four hours every day. Dancing had been a part-time job for her, doing 20 hours a week for the past four weeks.

Even after all that practice, Dobson humbly admits she doesn't think she was "a particularly good dancer".

On Monday night, viewers found out it was a triumph in itself for Dobson to make it on stage the week earlier.

Former televison presenter Jude Dobson was the first person eliminated from Dancing with the Stars.
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Former televison presenter Jude Dobson was the first person eliminated from Dancing with the Stars.

A few hours before her debut performance, she says she tore the ligament of her right thumb.

"It blew up like a golf ball, and turned blue. It was searing pain. I couldn't move at all, in my right thumb," she tells Stuff on Tuesday morning.

That "freak" dancing accident will take five weeks to heal. For her final appearance on Dancing with the Stars, she performed with a heavily strapped hand to continue on with the show. She danced the foxtrot.

Despite it all, Dobson says she's happy she gave the show a go.

She got to meet her dance partner, Tatton-Brown, and says they got on well.

"Matt is such a great human. He's a good man," she says. "Just because the dancing stops, the friendship won't stop."

For now, it's back to her day job.

Since leaving our screens, Dobson has been working to build an online resource to give parenting advice. She also directs documentaries.

As for the future of the show, she's not willing to make any bets yet as to who might take out the competition.

"It's a lottery," she says. "Ask me again when the field's narrowed a bit."

"This is an entertainment show and it's got lots of moving parts. There are the judges comments and the public vote... There are lots of twists and turns. You can be a poor dancer and go a long way, or be a good dancer and go early."

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