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Will Young quits Strictly Come Dancing due to 'personal reasons'

Will Young announced he is leaving Strictly Come Dancing due to 'personal reasons'. Credit: PA Wire

Will Young has quit BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing.

The official BBC Strictly Come Dancing Twitter account confirmed Young's departure, saying it was down to "personal reasons".

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 Young

A BBC spokesman told ITV News that Young will not be replaced, and the series will continue as planned with elimination every week until the Grand Final.

Young, 37, clashed with head judge Len Goodman on Saturday's show, after Goodman criticised his Salsa routine.

The singer, who was dancing to the Pussycat Dolls' Jai Ho with partner Karen Clifton, rejected Goodman's claim that there were not enough Salsa moves in his dance.

Young won the Pop Idol television singing competition in 2002, before going on to sell 10 million records and score four number one UK albums.