Kelvin Fletcher has been announced as Jamie Laing’s replacement for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing .

The hunky 35-year-old, who is best known for playing Andy Sugden in Emmerdale, will be taking the Made in Chelsea star’s place in the competition later this month.

Jamie suffered a nasty injury in training, which meant he was forced to quit the show.

It’s the first time in the programme’s 17-series history that a celebrity has pulled out before the show even starts.

Jamie had been paired with Oti Mabuse, so Kelvin will presumably be paired up with the fan favourite pro.

Speaking as news of his quitting broke, Jamie said: “I’m absolutely devastated that I’m unable to continue in the competition, I was so excited to hit the dance floor!

Kelvin Fletcher will be taking part in Strictly this year

Jamie had been paired with Oti Mabuse

“I would like to wish the lovely couples all the very best and hope they enjoy their time on the show to the fullest.”

Jamie was strongly advised to pull out by doctors after he damaged a tendon in his right foot by awkwardly landing during the dance.

Medical professionals told him he wouldn’t be able to meet the minimum weekly requirement of 12 hours of training.

Kelvin Fletcher has been announced as Jamie Laing’s replacement

This is the first time a celebrity has quit before the live Strictly shows

The 30-year-old reality star was spotted hobbling around London on crutches days after the filming, being accompanied by his girlfriend Sophie Haboo.

Kelvin left Emmerdale back in 2016, after 20 years in the ITV soap, in a bid to pursue other acting opportunities.

However since then he has competed a professional racing driver in the British GT Championship.

*Strictly Come Dancing returns later this month on BBC One





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