Strictly Come Dancing fans want Gorka Marquez to replace Brendan Cole permanently

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Strictly Come Dancing fans have called on Gorka Marquez to replace Brendan Cole permanently.

It's after Gorka stepped in for Brendan on the live show this evening.

Brendan had taken time out due to illness in the week as Gorka trained with his pro partner Anastacia.

Gorka had originally been partnered with Tameka Empson but the pair were eliminated a week ago now.

"I dunno how happy I am about it," Brendan joked about the whole thing on It Takes Two in the week, "He's Spanish, he's good looking, he's got a body that's pretty much the best on the show."

Anastacia cheekily winked at the cameras: "It was awful today, I had an awful rehearsal."

This evening saw Anastacia and Gorka perform the Quickstep, scoring the singer's best marks yet as judges described the routine as her strongest so far.

Now fans want Gorka to replace Brendan as Anastacia's partner full time.

"It was by far her best to date. Also hoping Brendan stays ill and we can keep Gorka," one viewer tweeted this evening.

"I think Gorka should replace Brendan. That was a brilliant quickstep from Anastacia!" another added.

There's even a petition, which reads: "Anastacia has never looked more in control and comfortable so far on strictly as she did with Gorka tonight and would progress further with him. We want him to replace Brendan as her partner."

Not awkward at all.

Strictly is back Sunday night as Anastacia finds out if she'll be dancing again next week.

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