The pair had to exit the show early due the pro dancer testing positive for coronavirus.
Addressing their departure, Tess began: ‘As you may have noticed we are missing a couple.’
Claudia added: ‘Unfortunately Nicola and Katya have had to withdraw from the competition after Katya tested positive for Covid-19. They both feel fine and are self-isolating separately following government guidelines.’
Tess went on to say: ‘We know you’re watching and we wanted to say we are so sorry that your time on the show has come to an early end, and we are sending all of our love from everyone here at Strictly to you.’
Speaking of her early exit, the athlete said in a statement: ‘Hey guys! I’m absolutely devastated my Strictly journey has come to an end so soon. ‘I had so much more to give and so many people to win this for!
‘But I just want to say a huge thank you to Katya for being the best dance partner anyone could ask for. She pushed me way out of my comfort zone and it’s been an incredible experience.’
Nicola also joked that she would be spending her time in isolation posting all the TikToks – which we are already excited for.
‘I’m gutted to be out of the competition but in these unprecedented times and as frustrating as it is, the COVID measures in place are to keep everyone safe, and I’m doing what I can to help,’ she added.
‘I’ll be spending the next 14 days isolating so I’d like to apologise in advance for the ridiculous amount of TikToks I’ll be posting, in my new found free time when I’m not gaming!’
Katya also addressed the news in a statement, heaping praise on her dance partner for her energy over the last few weeks.
‘Dancing with Nicola has been an absolute inspiration. She’s given her all each and every week and we were so excited to create more dances in the competition,’ she said.
‘Of course, I’m devastated to leave this way but I’ve made a friend for life and loved every moment of this special journey. I’d like to wish good luck to all the remaining couples!’
While many were keen for Nicola to return next year, ITV revealed that won’t be happening as it would give her an ‘unfair advantage’.
During a recent episode of Loose Women, Andrea McLean read out a message, which said: ‘We announced before the series started if anyone tested positive from COVID they’d be out of the competition.
‘If someone has to miss a week it’s called a bye and everyone gets one bye. But contestants are not allowed to miss more than one week.
‘They’re not allowed to re-enter the competition after they’ve taken part in the first episode.
‘Jamie [Laing] was allowed back because he was injured before he began training and appeared on the show.
‘Nicola can’t come back because she will have an unfair advantage in the future as she’s now had weeks of training.’
Strictly Come Dancing returns Sunday at 7:25 on BBC One.
Credit: Original article published here.