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Judi Love pulls out of Strictly Come Dancing after positive Covid result

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Strictly’s Judi Love has tested positive for the coronavirus, a spokesman for the BBC competition has confirmed. The result means the Loose Women panellist and her professional dancer partner Graziano Di Prima will not be taking part in this weekend’s instalment. The star is having to self-isolate while she recovers from the virus. 

A Strictly Come Dancing spokesperson said: “Judi Love has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now self-isolating following the latest government guidelines.

“While Judi and Graziano will not be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this weekend, Strictly Come Dancing protocols mean that all being well, they will return the following week.”

Judi took to Twitter to update her fans on her positive result, saying: “Hey my lovelies it’s with great disappointment that I will not be performing this weekend due to testing positive with Covid-19. 

“Hoping to make a speedy recovery & dance for you next weekend. Stay safe & thank you for your well wishes #JudiLove #Strictly.”  (sic)

Her fans have been wishing the star a speedy recovery, with Elliot tweeting: “Oh what a shame. Judi Love has tested positive for Covid so won’t be performing on #Strictly this weekend. Wishing @1Judilove a speedy recovery and hope to see her and Graziano back next week!”

Michael added: “Oh no. Judi Love has tested positive for Covid-19 and is now self-isolating, so won’t be taking part in #Strictly this Saturday. But all being well, her and Graziano will return the following week. GET WELL SOON, QUEEN JUDI #scd”

Marianka commented: “Oh dear. Now Judi Love has tested positive for Covid – no #Strictly for her and Graziano this weekend…”

Rachael said: “They’ve done a terrible job this year of keeping their cast as protected as possible. It was madness having Tom on tour, and Amy travelling with him, for starters. Other productions have made people bubble away from families, why haven’t Strictly? It’s just practical.”

Despite landing in the dance-off for two weeks in a row, Judi has been incredibly popular with BBC viewers. 

Last weekend she broke down in tears after dedicating her emotional dance routine to her late parents. 

The comedian previously left Strictly fans in stitches when she danced to Sean Paul, with the rapper even congratulating the star on her moves in a video message. 

Judi has also openly spoken about her bond with dance partner Graziano, who she has affectionately called “Graz” when appearing on Loose Women. 

Earlier in the season, contestant and McFly star Tom Fletcher and his pro partner Amy Dowden tested positive for the virus and had to miss a week. 

However, after testing negative the following week he was able to return to the competition – with Strictly protocol allowing each contestant to miss one week if necessary.

Last weekend, Rugby star Ugo Monye pulled out of the competition due to a back injury, but he is set to perform again on Saturday. 

Meanwhile, actor Robert Webb was forced to leave the competition for health reasons having undergone open-heart surgery two years ago. 

EastEnders actress Nadia Wadia was the first celebrity to be voted off the show with partner Neil Jones.

Former Coronation Street actress Katie McGlynn, who played Sinead Tinker, left next with partner Gorka Marquez.

Actor Greg Wise was voted out of the competition last week with pro partner Karen Hauer.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday on BBC One. 

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