The BBC has announced that Pop Idol winner Will Young has decided to withdraw from Strictly Come Dancing 2016.
The singer cited personal reasons for leaving, with no other information given at the current time.
In a statement, the BBC said: “The show fully respects his decision and wishes him all the best for the future.”
He said in a statement: “To be a part of Strictly has been a long time ambition of mine. 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.
“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. 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. And finally thank you to the BBC for supporting me throughout my journey. I wish my compatriots so much luck, and although I am back to being a viewer again, I’m certainly going to ‘keeeep dancing’!”
Will clashed with head judge Len Goodman last week, with Len telling the Leave Right Now singer to “show up, keep up and shut up” as things got pretty awkward!
Will performed a Bollywood-inspired Salsa to Jai Ho from the film Slumdog Millionaire as part of Movie Week, however the judge felt it was an ‘unconventional routine’.
Whether the clash is related to the exit is currently unknown. However, it wouldn’t be the first time Young has clashed with TV show judges, falling out with Simon Cowell during his time on Pop Idol often questioning his judgements during Will’s first audition.
Will went on a cutting rant to the TV show moguel at the time, spewing: “All of us have been dying to say things to you – I’ve written about ten things to say to you,” the singer said.
“I think it’s nice that you have given opinions on this show. I think in previous shows you haven’t, you’ve just projected insults and it has been terrible to watch.
I think, this show, I think you have been better, and I think you have given opinions and you’ve backed up your opinions.
“It is your opinion. I don’t agree with it. I don’t think it was average. I don’t think you could ever call that average. But it is your opinion and I respect that.”
Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday on BBC One.