Strictly 2021: Tilly Ramsay to miss final after testing positive for Covid

Tilly Ramsay will miss this year’s Strictly Come Dancing final on Saturday after testing positive for Covid-19.

The 20-year-old chef and TikTok star announced the news on her Instagram, writing: ‘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❤️❤️ x Tilly.’

Strictly’s final traditionally welcomes back all of the series’ contestants for one last group dance together on the ballroom floor.

The CBBC presenter was eliminated in week 10 of the competition, narrowly missing out on a spot in the quarter final with her professional partner Nikita Kuzmin.

The pair’s joyful Samba to Dua Lipa’s Levitating wasn’t enough to secure them a spot in the following week, in the face of stiff competition from John White and Johannes Radebe, Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice, AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington, Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu, and Dan Walker and Nadia Bychkova.

Tilly’s update comes the day after Robert Webb also confirmed he has declined the opportunity to return for one final dance amid ongoing health concerns, which forced him to pull out of the competition early.

Taking to Instagram to explain his continued absence this weekend and hit back at rumours swirling around his ‘silence’, Robert wrote: ‘Hullo! 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. 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.’

Praising the show and his professional partner Dianne Buswell, he continued: ‘My love for Strictly is a season that is forever summer. However, the producers understood that when I had to stop, I had to stop completely. Dianne & Joe came over for lunch a few weeks ago and m’partner gets it.

‘If I gave out a few more details about what the show had been doing to me physically & mentally, you wouldn’t be surprised that the offer of one more dance was politely declined,’ he added, reminding fans of the potential danger to his health.

He then joked about how his early departure had changed the numbers for the final from four to three, adressing the ‘angry Rhys fans’ after Rhys Stephenson was eliminated in a closely-fought semi final.

‘More generally, I’m sorry that my departure buggered up the format so there are only 3 couples in the final (a lot of angry Rhys fans out there – guys, you do know that if I’d tried to do week 4 but had then dropped dead during the show, it would *still* be a three-couple final, yeah?)’

The comedian then concluded: ‘So anyway, the headlines are: sorry about everything, I’m not doing the thing, I’m fine now btw, and do enjoy the final which will obviously be brilliant because they’re all brilliant. See ya! x.’

Reports have suggested that Dianne may now partner with Greg Wise for the final, as his pro, Karen Hauer, is currently struggling with a knee injury.

An insider told The Sun’s TV Biz column: ‘There’s nothing to suggest the dance won’t happen but it’s going to be a difficult one to arrange.

‘Not only do they have so many more people to organise so they’re as COVID-safe as possible, they have two dropouts…

‘But given the past four months, the producers will find a way to make it happen, one way or another.’

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