September 08, 2019
Former Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher has been confirmed as Jamie Laing’s replacement on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. The Andy Sugden actor will couple up with Oti Mabuse on the BBC ballroom series, after the Made In Chelsea star was forced to withdraw from the competition due to injury. In a statement, Kelvin said: “Is this really happening?! It’s been the most surreal week of my life! I’m a massive fan of Strictly so it’s incredible.
Strictly Come Dancing Confirms Kelvin Fletcher As Jamie Laings Replacement
“I’m so happy that I can be a part of it. But at the same time it’s quite bittersweet! I’m coming in on the back of Jamie’s injury – I keep thinking about him! I can’t imagine going through all this excitement and then having to pull out.
“My thoughts are with him – he seems like a fantastic guy and I hope he’s doing OK,” he added. 
Jamie confirmed he was leaving the show on Thursday after injuring his foot, during filming of the pre-recorded launch show the previous week.He said at the time: “I’m absolutely devastated that I’m unable to continue in the competition, I was so excited to hit the dance floor! I would like to wish the lovely couples all the very best and hope they enjoy their time on the show to the fullest.”
Viewers of Saturday night’s launch show saw him paired up with Oti Mabuse before he took to the floor as part of the group dance, which is where he sustained his injury. 
His exit was then addressed with a hastily-filmed VT, which was inserted into the pre-recorded show and saw Jamie explaining what had happened. The launch episode also saw the 14 other celebrities discover which professional dancer they’d been partnered with, while there was also a special performance from Kylie Minogue and the pro dancers. 
New judge Motsi Mabuse also made her debut on the panel after she was confirmed to replace Darcey Bussell earlier this year. 
Kelvin will join the other celebrities when the first live show airs on Saturday 21 September on BBC One. READ MORE... Stars Of Strictly Come Dancing Discover Pro Dancer Pairings During Launch Show ‘My D*** Goes Back In My Body’: Chris Ramsey’s Nerves And 10 Other Things We Discovered At The Strictly Launch 5 Other Strictly Come Dancing Contestants Who Were Forced To Hang Up Their Dance Shoes Early
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