She was the first celebrity to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing and slammed the show after her exit.
But it appeared to be water under the bridge for Nina Wadia during Saturday night’s final as she returned for the group dance with her fellow celebrities.
The former EastEnders actress, 52, was all smiles in a tasselled dress as she rocked the dancefloor to Relight My Fire with professional partner Neil Jones, 39.
Strictly Come Dancing FINAL: Nina Wadia joined her fellow celebrities for the group dance on Saturday night after slamming the series following her elimination
The stars of the 2021 series – of which Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice were crowned champions – looked thrilled to be back on the Strictly dancefloor to showcase the moves they had worked hard to acquire.
Tilly Ramsay did not appear with partner Nikita Kuzmin after testing positive for Covid-19.
Last week, it was reported that Strictly staff were dreading the return of Nina for the show final after she criticised the series.
The actress, who played Zainab Masood in EastEnders for six years, was the first star to be voted off the show in week two – later claiming the judges had been too harsh towards her with their scores.
Reunited: The stars of the 2021 series – of which Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice were crowned champions – looked thrilled to be back on the Strictly dancefloor to showcase the moves they had worked hard to acquire
Water under the bridge: The former EastEnders actress, 52, was all smiles in a tasselled dress as she rocked the dancefloor to Relight My Fire with professional partner Neil Jones, 39
Missed out: Tilly Ramsay did not appear with partner Nikita Kuzmin after testing positive for Covid-19
Another said Nina ‘moaned all the time’, adding: ‘She is coming back for the final, which we are slightly dreading.’
MailOnline contacted the BBC and Nina’s representatives for comment at the time.
Comeback: Last week, it was reported that Strictly staff were dreading the return of Nina for the show final after she criticised the series
The one-time soap star lost out in the dance off to former Coronation Street actress Katie McGlynn, 28.
After her elimination, she told The Lads Dads And Couple Beers Podcast: ‘Coming out of Strictly was a big shock because: A, I wasn’t expecting it to happen the way it happened, and it happened very quickly and it was all very surreal for me and when I came out I was very down.
‘My mental health, I’ve got to tell, I was down. That was from a lot of different feelings.
Unimpressed: Nina claimed their marking was ‘shocking’ and described her time on the BBC ballroom dance contest with partner Neil as ‘odd’
‘There was a feeling of embarrassment coming out as early as I did, there was a feeling of did I let people down, did I let myself down.’
She continued: ‘All these questions going on in my head and then the people reaction at the back of it, to say well no.. you shouldn’t have come out you were robbed, and I’m like I needed that!
‘I needed that kind of almost validation to think I wasn’t going crazy, I didn’t think I was that bad. Then you realise ‘OK hang on, I need to separate a reality show from what is actually real life’. Reality shows are so the opposite of reality.’
Nina was also unimpressed by the judges’ scoring, previously saying how she was shocked Craig Revel Horwood, 56, gave fellow former contestant Judi Love, 41, double the points he gave Nina, despite saying her dancing was ‘a technical disaster’.
She explained: ‘If you have a competition, have a level playing field. Give everybody a chance, or if not that, then at least mark accordingly.
‘You can’t give someone like me a three when I’ve tried so hard and tried something so technically difficult, then at the same time give someone else who’s had a bit of a mistake a seven just because they looked good doing it.
Voted off: After her elimination, she told The Lads Dads And Couple Beers Podcast that she felt she was given unfair marks in comparison to the other contestants
‘I don’t understand the marking system at all. I don’t think the marking system makes any sense. I thought, ‘OK, this is only week two, you know, you make a little mistake, you’re only human’.
‘The way it was marked down, it was shocking, actually shocking.’
EastEnders’ deaf actress Rose and her dance partner Giovanni lifted the glitterball as she was crowned winner of Strictly Come Dancing after competing against John Whaite in the most diverse final in the show’s 17-year history.
The nail-biting end to the 2021 series came down to the viewers’ vote after both Rose, 27, and John, 32, who formed the first ever male sex partnership with Johannes Radebe, tied on the leaderboard with the judges praising both for the ‘groundbreaking’ roles they have played in the competition.
WINNER! EastEnders’ deaf actress Rose Ayling-Ellis lifted the glitterball as she was crowned winner of Strictly Come Dancing after competing against John Whaite in the most diverse final in the show’s 17-year history
As her name was unveiled as the winner of Strictly 2021, Rose said to Giovanni: ‘I just want to say you are so amazing. You pushed me to believe in myself more than I believe in myself. You are an incredible teacher, but not just that you are a wonderful friend.
‘We’ve gone through a lot, and I just want you to know no matter what happens, no matter how busy we get, I want to you to know you’ve always got a piece of my heart. You really do.’
A teary-eyed Giovanni also revelled in their success on the BBC show as he scored his first win since he joined Strictly seven years ago.