Why did Will Young quit Strictly Come Dancing?

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Strictly Come Dancing viewers have been left puzzled after Will Young's surprise exit from the show.

It was confirmed that Will had quit Strictly Come Dancing earlier this evening, citing simply "personal reasons."

"Due to personal reasons, Will Young has decided to withdraw from Strictly Come Dancing," said a spokesperson for the show. "The show fully respects his decision and wishes him all the best for the future."

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In his own statement, Will didn't explain why he was leaving, saying simply: "I am leaving the show for personal reasons."

Supposedly, even those on the show aren't sure what's behind Will's decision to leave.

"Will has created the biggest mystery possible by quitting out of the blue in such an upbeat fashion," a 'BBC source' told the Daily Mirror newspaper. "Now everybody will be desperate to know what’s caused this sudden change of heart. Why leave when it was all going so well? The mind boggles."

However the insider said it wasn't anything to do with Will's clash with Len Goodman on Saturday night.

The pair disagreed after Will and pro partner Karen Clifton danced a Bollywood themed Salsa for Movies night.

"Will leaving the show is nothing to do with the argument with Len," the source told the Mirror. "They actually had a laugh about the little on-screen altercation after the show.

"There is a great amount of mutual respect between the pair."

Will's full statement

Will said: "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."

He continued: "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.

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Karen Clifton, Will Young

"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."

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday and Sunday night on BBC One.

The BBC say that Will will NOT be replaced and the competition will continue on as normal with another elimination this Sunday night.

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