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Friday 15th November 2019

Strictly fans beg bosses to bring back Catherine Tyldesley after Will Bayley quits

But would it be fair for her and Johannes to compete again?

Strictly viewers are calling upon BBC bosses to reinstate Catherine Tyldesley following Will Bayley’s withdrawal from the series through injury.

The Paralympian star, 31, was given a bye to this weekend’s round of the BBC One dance show after hurting his leg following an awkward landing during rehearsals for the Halloween special last Saturday.

Will, who was due to perform a jive with pro partner Janette Manrara, was left writhing on the dance floor in agony due the nasty spill - just one week after his inspirational display moved judge Motsi Mabuse to tears.

But he's now been ruled out of the rest of the series after it was reported his injured knee could take up to six months to heal.

Will won't be dancing again this series (Credit: BBC iPlayer)

Read more: Strictly Come Dancing: Will Bayley forced to quit after injury

According to a Strictly rule, no contestant is allowed to miss two weeks of the live shows - and Will's recovery will likely take much longer than that.

However, following her controversial elimination on Sunday, many fans are hoping that Catherine Tyldesley and her pro partner Johannes Radebe could be brought back to fill the contestant gap opened up by Will’s departure.

Bring back Catherine and Johannes!

Pondering how Will’s absence will affect the programme’s format of elimination, one person asked on Facebook: "Does that mean there will be no dance off this week? Or they bring back Catherine and Johannes?"

Another reacted: "This is really sad news. Wishing Will a speedy recovery. Could Catherine be brought back to take his place?"

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My husband @tompitfield7 took this picture when we had a good cry afterwards. Tears of joy and appreciation for each other. I love this man so much. WHAT a journey!! Thankyou all for your messages, your love and support. Thankyou Bbc for this opportunity. When I started my #Strictly journey my confidence was low. My belief in what I could achieve on the show was extremely low. The expectations on my humble body - beyond low. What @johannesradebe gave me was priceless Confidence ,Belief, Love- and Laughter beyond words! This man is a gift to the world. If there were more people like him the world would be spectacular (with shed loads of #Sas!) He taught me how to walk in high heels, he taught me how to ‘own it’... he taught me to love and appreciate what my body could achieve. I’m often low on body confidence- but I’m so proud of the limits that I’ve thoroughly pushed on this wonderful journey. I did it for me. I also did it for the hundreds of mums out there who felt they’d lost a little bit of themselves, the women out there who’d become negative about their body. The women who found it hard to look in the mirror and love what they saw. I’m proud of my body and my mind for getting me through this wonderful but incredibly tough experience. Push your limits ladies and be grateful for everything you’re wonderful body can achieve. ‘Dance like NOBODY is watching’

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"Well... we all know who needs to take his place... BRING BACK CATHERINE & JOHANNES," suggested a very enthusiastic fan.

And another keen supporter of former Corrie star Cath commented: "Bring back Catherine and Johannes! Yaaass!"

Other social media users are not so sure, with some cautioning there is no precedent for a celebrity to return to the dance floor after being booted off.

Paralympian injured his knee during rehearsals last week (Credit: BBC iPlayer)

"They've never replaced celebrities who've left before, why would they start now?" remarked one.

Another insisted: "They’ve been voted off so do not deserve a place."

A third added: "Stop making this about other people! That's so unfair to Will."

It is believed that the series will continue to see one couple eliminated every week despite Will leaving, resulting in only three couples in the final rather than four.

- Strictly Come Dancing continues next Saturday on BBC One at 7pm

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