Will Young quits Strictly Come Dancing
Will Young has quit Strictly Come Dancing.
The former Pop Idol winner has revealed he is withdrawing from the ballroom dancing competition with immediate effect for “personal reasons”.
On Tuesday (October 13) evening, Young released a statement on his official site confirming the news. He wrote: “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 [Clifton, his professional dance partner] 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’!”
It is not known why Young felt the need to ‘leave right now’, but some media outlets are reporting that his departure from the show may have something to do with a clash with head judge Len Goodman. On Saturday (October 8) night’s show, the pair argued after Young’s Bollywood-themed routine was deemed not to have enough traditional dance moves within it.
Young took offence at the accusation, after Goodman told him to “show up, keep up, and shut up.”
Strictly Come Dancing will continue on Saturday at 6.30pm on BBC One.