Plenty of Strictly fans will tell you that Judi Love is one of their favourite contestants this year, but unfortunately we’ve got disappointing news, as the Loose Women star has been forced to pull out of this week’s show.
Judi and her dance partner Graziano Di Prima will not be competing on Saturday, after Judi tested positive for Covid-19. She is the second contestant to be hit by the virus in this series, after Tom Fletcher caught it the day after the first live show.
We’re sad we won’t see Judi on the BBC show this week, given that she and Graziano were due to perform a Cha Cha Cha to Olivia Newton-John’s Physical.
Don’t despair though – it sounds like Judi will be back soon. “All being well” the pair will return next week, according to a spokesperson.
A Strictly Come Dancing statement said “Judi Love has tested positive for Covid-19 and is now self-isolating following the latest government guidelines.
“While Judi and Graziano will not be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this weekend, Strictly Come Dancing protocols mean that all being well, they will return the following week”.
The Strictly dancefloor has been something of a revolving door this year, with Tom and his partner Amy Dowden forced to miss one show after both testing positive for Covid-19.
Last Saturday, former rugby player Ugo Monye had to pull out of dancing due to back problems, but we expect to see him competing again this week.
There was also sad news when Robert Webb decided to leave the show early due to health problems. The comedian, who was partnered with Diane Buswell, said he was “extremely sorry” to be leaving, but that he had “bitten off way more than [he] could chew” by taking part in the show just two years after having open heart surgery.