Bad news, Strictly fans. Barrel-chested professional dancer Robin Windsor has had to withdraw from this year’s competition thanks to an ongoing back injury.
The fan favourite – known for his mahogany tan and protruding pecs – has appeared on the BBC1 dance contest since 2010, partnering Lisa Riley to the semi-finals in 2012.
The 34-year-old was forced to take a few weeks off from last year’s competition thanks to the same back problem, although he and partner Deborah Meaden had already been eliminated.
Windsor will be replaced by Trent Whiddon (below) who brings plenty of experience to Strictly, having already notched up spells on Dancing With The Stars in the US and his native Australia.
“It’s been a really difficult decision,” said Windsor, “but I plan to focus 100 per cent on my recovery and hope to be back in the ballroom as soon as possible, doing what I love best. In the mean time I wish the cast and crew best of luck with the new series which I’ll be watching every week.”
Windsor joins fellow professionals Artem Chigvintsev and James Jordan who will also be absent from proceedings this autumn after announcing their departures earlier this year.
Artem – who lifted the 2010 trophy with Kara Tointon – cited visa issues for his decision while Jordan’s exit appeared less good-spirited when he tweeted, “WELL TWEEPS Yes it’s true I WILL NOT be returning to ‘BURN THE FLOOR’…. Sorry, I mean ‘Strictly Come Dancing‘ However…….. do not believe everything the BBC have written in their statement.”
New pro dancers Tristan McManus and Joanne Clifton – sister of Kevin – will join the series when Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC1 later this year.