Will Young has dramatically pulled out of Strictly Come Dancing
The singer, 37, cited “personal reasons” but gave no further explanation for his shock withdrawal from the hit BBC show.
It comes after he clashed with head judge Len Goodman on Saturday night after he complained there wasn’t enough salsa in his Bollywood routine.
He said in a statement: “To be a part of Strictly has been a long time ambition of mine. 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. I have found a creative partnership with Karen that has been the most wonderful thing to experience.
“I will be eternally grateful to her for her direction, talent and guiding me through three wonderful dances that I will be able to show my grandkids in years to come.
“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’!”
BBC sources last night said the hit series that has attracted more than 10 million viewers, will continue this weekend as normal with an elimination.