SOAP hunk Kelvin Fletcher was last night drafted into the Strictly line-up to replace crocked toff Jamie Laing.
Kelvin –who played Andy Sugden in Emmerdale from 1996 to 2016 – told of his “surreal” week after bosses asked him to step in.
Strictly Come Dancing has confirmed that Kelvin Fletcher will be replacing Jamie Laing[/caption]
Jamie was forced to pull out with a foot injury just two days before the show’s launch[/caption]
It came after Made in Chelsea star Jamie, 30, threw the show into chaos after he was forced to pull out with a foot injury just two days before tonight’s launch.
Muscle-bound Kelvin, 35, said last night: “It’s been the most surreal week of my life. I’m a massive fan of Strictly so it’s incredible. I’m so happy that I can be a part of it.
“But at the same time it’s quite bittersweet as I’m coming in on the back of Jamie’s injury.
“I can’t imagine going through all this excitement and then having to pull out. My thoughts are with him – he seems like a fantastic guy and I hope he’s doing OK.”
Kelvin is best known for playing Emmerdale’s Andy Sudgen for 20 years[/caption]
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Married Dad of two Kelvin quit Emmerdale to focus on other TV work, and has also been linked to ITV show I’m a Celebrity….”
He did not appear in last night’s Strictly launch show which was pre-recorded before Jamie’s injury in a group dance.
Kelvin will dance with South African beauty Oti Mabuse, 29, in the first live show on Saturday September 21.
Jamie appeared in Saturday night’s pre-recorded launch show where he was paired with Oti Mabuse[/caption]
Kelvin said he’s had the most ‘surreal’ week of his life and he’s ‘so happy’ to be on the show[/caption]
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