Its awful Tom Fletcher speaks out on early Strictly exit as co-star forced to pull out

Strictly: Amy Dowden laughs at Tom Fletcher's fall

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Having had to miss week two after being diagnosed with COVID-19, McFly star Tom knows how it feels to have to be on the outside looking in while other Strictly Come Dancing contestants storm on with the glitzy competition. Appearing on The One Show to chat to presenters Sam Quek and Ronan Keating, Tom and professional partner Amy Dowden sympathised with Robert Webb and partner Dianne Buswell, who have unfortunately had to leave the show due to the comedian’s poor health. Just hours ago, it was also announced that rugby player Ugo would be giving this week’s competition a miss as he is suffering from a bad back. Tom described it as “the worst” scenario to be in.

“Tom, you’ve done time at home having to watch over the TV,” Sam stated. “How tough will it be for them?”

“Oh, do you know what, it’s awful – it’s the worst,” the 36-year-old replied.

“Strictly is an amazing experience, and we get one chance.

“You know, the pros – they get to come back year after year and be in this amazing family.

“And we only get to do it once. So having to take time off or leave – it just must be so hard.”

The musician continued: “We feel so sorry for them both.

“It’s an amazing experience and no one wants to be the one sat at home watching it go on without you.

“So we’re sending all our love to Ugo and Rob.”

Reflecting on his last appearance on the BBC chat show, he added: “The last time I was here actually it was with Rob announcing that we were on, so yeah, I feel really sorry for him.”

Comedian and actor Robert was forced to make an early exit from the show after suffering from a health condition.

Announcing the news yesterday, the BBC revealed to viewers that the 49-year-old had gone through heart surgery two years ago, which was catching up with him.

In last week’s show, he and Dianne scored 25 in week three’s Movie Week, where he donned a Kermit the Frog outfit as the couple danced to The Muppets.


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Ugo announced on Thursday that he would be stepping aside from the dance competition this weekend.

He penned to his 117,000 followers: “Unfortunately I’m not going to be able to dance this weekend on the show.

“I have a history of back problems which has always been managed under the guidance of medical professionals.

“Unfortunately, this has been causing me some unwanted problems this week.”

Singer and author Tom had to miss the second week of the show after he and Amy tested positive for COVID-19.

The duo had to isolate but luckily, both recovered and were able to dance again in week three.

“I was loving every second [of the week three dance],” Tom told Sam and Ronan as he discussed his come-back.

Despite only having three days to perfect the routine, Tom admitted that the jive felt “more natural” to him than other dances.

The One Show airs weekdays at 7pm on BBC One.

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