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Strictly Come Dancing won't replace Will Young

Fans called for the return of Tameka Empson after Will Young's sensational departure from the show, but Strictly Come Dancing bosses have confirmed that the singer won't be replaced.

Will Young won't be replaced on Strictly Come Dancing, bosses have confirmed.

The 37-year-old singer sensationally quit the BBC TV talent show on Tuesday (11Oct16), citing personal reasons for his departure.

Following the shock news, fans called for EastEnders star Tameka Empson, who was voted off on Sunday's show to be allowed back into the competition.

One person tweeted, "So sorry to hear this, hope Will is ok. Can Tameka please please come back then as so didn’t deserve to go out", while another added, "100 per cent Tameka should come back to take Will’s place."

But now a spokesperson for the show has revealed the actress won't be given a second chance.

The representative told The Sun Online: "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 released a statement following the announcement his departure from the series, although he didn't go into the reasons for his decision.

"To be a part of Strictly has been a long-time ambition of mine," his statement read. "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. 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."

He also praised his professional dance partner Karen Clifton, who later tweeted: "I'm so sad that Will has decided to quit the show and I know it wasn't an easy decision for him.

"It was great dancing with him, he was such fun to work with and I wish him all the very best for the future."

The end of Will’s Strictly run comes not long after the star butted heads with lead judge Len Goodman on last weekend's show.

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