Strictly’s Will Bayley won’t be replaced meaning three will compete in final

Paralympian Will Bayley will reportedly not be replaced on Strictly Come Dancing which means just three couples – instead of the usual four – will compete in the finale.

Will, 31, was forced to drop out of the BBC show this week after he picked up a knee injury.

According to the Sun Online, the sportsman will not be replaced – as Jamie Laing was earlier this series – as it is too late into the process.

Will issued a statement in which he confirmed his time on Strictly Come Dancing was over.

He said: "I'm gutted my Strictly journey has had to come to an end. I've loved being part of the show, and am so grateful for the phenomenal support we have received.

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"I want to say a special thank you to Janette for believing in me, and giving me the confidence to believe in myself.

"The things we achieved, from our couple's choice dance, through to the lifts in our salsa, will stay with me forever. I've had the time of my life."

He and pro partner Janette Manrara, 35, went on to appear on Strictly spin-off show It Takes Two during which they were visibly emotional.

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Breaking down in tears, Will said: "It’s really gutting isn’t it? I didn’t want it to end like this.

"I wouldn’t mind properly ending it, even if we went out like next week or something or the week before."

Before the live shows had started this year, original contestant Jamie Laing pulled out of the show after picking up an injury.

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The Made in Chelsea star was replaced by former Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher, who has since done extremely well on the show.

The hunky actor is the favourite to take the coveted Glitterball Trophy, with odds of 10/11 according to bookmakers Coral.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday night at 7pm on BBC One

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