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Will Young loses £20k after quitting Strictly Come Dancing - report

Will Young quit Strictly Come Dancing because he realised he couldn't win, sources have claimed.

Will Young has reportedly lost £5,000 of his £25,000 Strictly Come Dancing fee after pulling out of the show.

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

Now The Sun newspaper has claimed that the former Pop Idol winner left the competition because he realised he could not emerge victorious.

"It became obvious that despite his huge dance background he was never going to be a contender because there are so many better celebs," a source told the publication.

"The few previous contestants to go have quit because they’re injured or a family member has died – not because they feel they can’t win."

According to insiders, Will's mind was made up after he hit headlines when he clashed with head judge Len Goodman on Saturday's show.

After the judge criticised the lack of salsa steps in Will's Bollywood routine, the singer hit back, insisting that it did have the required amount of counts.

Len then told Will to "show up, keep up and shut up", before adding to a clearly peeved Will, "It's just a joke, Will!"

Will's decision to fire back at head judge Len caused controversy among viewers, with some saying he should have just accepted the criticism from an experienced dance mogul.

At that point, Will is said to have realised he had lost the support of his fans, and this was the final straw in his decision to quit.

"Will seemed very low and worried after the first couple of shows and he was obviously getting frustrated that he wasn’t getting high scores," the source added. "He didn’t seem like he wanted to be there and wasn’t enjoying it anymore."

While his dance partner Karen Clifton has publicly wished Will well after he left Strictly, insiders said she was actually "livid" when she heard the news.

The Sun also claim Will broke the news of his departure to BBC bosses in an email, with a source adding: "Bosses were then sent an email in the morning saying he didn’t want to be a part of it, with a long statement that had obviously been written for him by his management team."

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