Joe-Warren Plant has become the latest star to withdraw from Dancing on Ice, as this year's series has been plagued by early exits and injuries.
The Emmerdale actor had been riding high on the leaderboard, sitting in joint first place alongside Lady Leshurr and Faye Brookes last weekend, after scoring a remarkable 32.5 points for his dance performance to Ballroom Blitz by Sweet.
He was hoping to impress the judges once more this Sunday night, competing against the likes of Colin Jackson, Rebekah Vardy, Amy Tinkler and Sonny Jay, but it wasn't to be: Joe-Warren and his partner Vanessa Bauer are unable to continue on the series having both tested positive for Covid-19.
Here's everything you need to know about Joe-Warren Plant's time on Dancing on Ice and how he feels about his departure.
Why has Joe-Warren Plant left Dancing on Ice?
Joe-Warren Plant and his dance partner Vanessa Bauer were forced to withdraw from the competition on Friday 12th February, after both tested positive for coronavirus.
In a statement, Joe-Warren said: “Having tested positive for COVID this now means the end of the competition for Vanessa and I. I have loved every minute of being a part of Dancing On Ice and I am disappointed as I feel I had so much more to give and was working hard to perfect each performance.
“Thank you so much to Vanessa for being a fantastic teacher and although its been cut short, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this experience,” he added. “Thank you to all the crew who have been brilliant and especially thanks to the other cast members, they have been hugely supportive and I wish them all the very best.”
Who is Dancing on Ice contestant Joe-Warren Plant?
What has Joe-Warren Plant scored so far?
Week One: 6, 6, 6.5, 6.5 (25)
Week Three: 7, 7, 8, 8 (30)
Week Four: 7, 8.5, 8.5, 8.5, 8.5 (32.5)
Joe and his partner Vanessa have got off to a very good start on Dancing on Ice, scoring 25/40 for their first skate and finishing in first place on the leaderboard.
In Week Three, Joe and Vanessa did a routine to The Room Where It Happens, topping the leaderboard with a total of 30 points, and maintained their top spot.
And it was a hat-trick for Joe and Vanessa as they finished in first place once again with their Quickstep for in Week Four's Dance Week.
What has Joe-Warren Plant said about joining Dancing on Ice?
On his DOI signing, he said, "I’m so excited to learn something new. I’m in it to win it, 100 per cent! (I’m) super excited. I’m glad I have the time off Emmerdale to really focus on training, just to try my best and learn a new skill. It’s a new challenge, I’ve never done anything like it before, so super excited."
And when quizzed about the show’s famous costumes, he revealed, "I can’t wait. I love getting dressed up, fancy dress parties, it’s all part of the fun."
Joe-Warren's part in the show was first announced on This Morning, with Sharon Marshall revealing his involvement while Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby teased that there was a “cracking” line-up for this year’s show.
The 2021 series will once again be hosted by Willoughby and Schofield, while the judging panel consists of Torvill and Dean, John Barrowman and Ashley Banjo.