Strictly star to miss final due to positive COVID test

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  • Tilly Ramsay
    English actress
Photo credit: Ray Burmiston - BBC
Photo credit: Ray Burmiston - BBC

Tilly Ramsay will have to miss this weekend's Strictly Come Dancing final.

The chef and presenter shared the unfortunate news on Instagram on Wednesday (15 December 15) she was now in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19.

"So sad to be missing the Strictly final – but sadly have tested positive for Covid so will be watching from my sofa and cheering on the amazing finalists from home on Saturday night –wishing everyone lots of love & good luck," she wrote.

Photo credit: Kieron McCarron - BBC
Photo credit: Kieron McCarron - BBC

Tilly was supposed to be a part of a reunited cast group routine with her partner, Nikita Kuzmin, who sent the celebrity love on Instagram following her announcement,

Support also came in from Strictly 2021 finalist John Whaite, who wrote: "Love you Tilly. Will miss you this weekend pal. But cannot wait for the tour."

Tilly will not be the only celebrity missing at the grand final. Robert Webb also announced on Wednesday he wouldn't be able to take part in the group dance due to health concerns.

The comedian had to leave the show in week three because the physical activity was hindering his recovery from open-heart surgery a few years ago.

"I seem to have switched from public to private mode and one of the effects of this is people will inevitably find their own ways to interpret my 'silence'. It isn't really silence, of course. It's just doing other stuff," he wrote on his own social media.

Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC
Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC

"But I thought I ought to pipe up because I won't be in the group dance of the Strictly final this Sat and I didn't want my absence (or my 'silence' about it) to be taken as evidence of any kind of bad feeling towards the show."

The remaining couples competing for the mirrorball this year include John Whaite and pro partner Johannes Radebe, AJ Odudu and pro Kai Widdrington, as well as Rose Ayling-Ellis and pro partner Giovanni Pernice.

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 airs on Saturday nights on BBC One, with results shows every Sunday. Strictly: It Takes Two airs on weeknights at 6.30pm on BBC Two.

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