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Monday 18th November 2019

Strictly confirms Kelvin Fletcher as Jamie Laing's replacement

The Emmerdale star is hot to trot!

Fans of Strictly Come Dancing were furious after the launch show last night as dance pro fave Oti Mabuse was left without a celeb partner.

She was matched with Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing, but he was forced to pull out of the competition after a serious foot injury.

But they needn't have worried, as the show has announced Jamie does have a replacement, and he's a popular choice!

Former Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher will be pulling on the Lycra and sequins...

Kelvin's a huge fan of the show (Credit: Splash)

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I’m a massive fan of Strictly so it’s incredible. I’m so happy that I can be a part of it.

The 35-year-old father of two confirmed: "It’s been the most surreal week of my life.

"I’m a massive fan of Strictly so it’s incredible. I’m so happy that I can be a part of it.

"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."

Kelvin paid tribute to Jamie (Credit: BBC)

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Fans, including Emmerdale actress and former SCD star Lisa Riley, are thrilled with Kelvin's sign-up...

Jamie was devastated to lose his spot on the show, saying: "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."

Hopefully we'll see him given another shot in 2020!

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