The gentleman of Dancing with the Stars may have set sail from the show this week but Tony Barber still managed to fit in a moving tribute to his early life in WA with his latest routine.
The TV legend and former Sale of the Century host was "shocked and horrified" to learn he was the second contestant eliminated from the current season on Tuesday night after winning praise from the judges for his naval-themed waltz set to the classic tune True Love.
However, Barber, 73, said he was glad to have had the chance to pay homage to his late teen years through the dance.
"I was very pleased to take a bit of a nod to the Navy because it was a very important part of my upbringing," he said.
"I joined up of course from WA, as I was brought up in Bicton. It was good to get that done."
Born in England and later moving to Australia as a child, Barber came out of retirement to take part in the Seven series. He was initially set to appear in an earlier season until he was forced to drop out when his late wife Helen was diagnosed with cancer.
The star said he found the training gruelling but had left feeling a lot fitter.
"People talk about the physical stuff but it's the mental as well, remembering the steps and so forth," Barber said. "I was getting to really enjoy it, so leaving was a disappointment, I'll have to continue at home."
Calling his time on Dancing with the Stars as his final "swan dance", Barber said his brief moment back in the spotlight was enough and he was not considering stepping back into his hosting shoes.
"Let's put it this way, it would need to be a very good offer," he said."I am happily semi-retired on five acres (2.02ha) and loving it. I am pretty keen to get back to the alpacas."