Strictly Come Dancing confirms there will NOT be a replacement for Will Young

Published Wednesday, Oct 12 2016, 10:16 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Will Young will NOT be replaced on Strictly Come Dancing, following his decision to quit the dancing competition.

It had been speculated whether a new celebrity would be drafted in to replace Will on the show or whether a previously eliminated contestant would return and regain their Strictly place.

However, a spokesperson for Strictly has confirmed that there will be no replacement for Will and the show will continue to run as normal.

Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Will Young and Karen Clifton
Launch show 2016

© BBC / Guy Levy

According to The Sun, they told the publication: "The series will continue as planned with an elimination every week until the grand final. The previous eliminated contestants will not be returning to the competition."

Will had announced his exit yesterday (11 October), releasing a statement via Twitter on his personal website. It read: "To be a part of Strictly has been a long time ambition of mine. As a performer, a viewer, and a fan of the show, to dance as a contestant was an experience I always hoped for. I have made some great friends, and am in awe of their performances week in, week out.

"I have found a creative partnership with Karen that has been the most wonderful thing to experience. I will be eternally grateful to her for her direction, talent and guiding me through three wonderful dances that I will be able to show my grandkids in years to come. Unfortunately, I am leaving the show for personal reasons. I leave with joy in my heart that I have been able to take part in one of the most loved shows on British television.

"I am so grateful to everyone who works on Strictly from the lighting designer to catering to the production team. Strictly truly is the most unique family and I thank them from the bottom of my heart. And finally thank you to the BBC for supporting me throughout my journey. I wish my compatriots so much luck, and although I am back to being a viewer again, I'm certainly going to 'keeeep dancing'!"

Will didn't give any further details regarding his reasons for leaving.

Will Young and Karen Clifton, Strictly Come Dancing
12 October

© BBC/Supplied by WENN

Fans had last seen him dance on Saturday night's show (8 October), where he performed a salsa routine with his professional partner Karen Clifton. He had clashed with head judge Len Goodman on the show, after Len suggested the dance didn't contain as many salsa elements as he had hoped.

Will hit back in response: "There are 24 counts of Salsa in the routine."

He survived the public vote and Tameka Empson and Laura Whitmore found themselves in the bottom two. They had to dance again for the judges and it was decided that Tameka would be sent home. Following her exit, the EastEnders actress has said she was "surprised" to have been eliminated as she hadn't "put a foot wrong" throughout her routine.

Getting emotional, Tameka told Zoe Ball on Strictly spinoff It Takes Two: "I was surprised, if I'm honest, not being big headed but I really thought I put all the right moves in. I didn't put a foot wrong and just really being in that character. I had a bit of pain in my back but I used that pain to drive through... It feels too soon. I had a lot more to give."

Will's partner Karen, meanwhile, has said she is "so sad" he has decided to leave. She tweeted: "I'm so sad that Will has decided to quit the show and I know it wasn't an easy decision for him."

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday 14 October on BBC One.

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