For almost a decade it’s been a shining light in the BBC schedule, but Strictly Come Dancing is facing a cast shakeup ahead of its big tenth anniversary.
Four of the popular professional dancers on the show have announced that they are hanging up their dancing shoes and moving on.
Erin Boag, Aliona Vilani and dancing partners Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace have all quit the popular reality TV show.
Fans have expressed disappointment at the loss of partners Flavia and Vincent in particular, who have been a popular fixture since their arrival in series four.
In a statement, Cacace said; “After an incredible and unforgettable 2012 on Strictly Come Dancing for both Vincent and I, we have decided we won’t be partnering a celebrity on this year’s show.
“We have exciting times ahead with Vincent having his second child and me being newly engaged. We thank our supporters for always being there and hope that together with us they look forward to exciting times ahead.”
Cacace won the competition with Louis Smith on the most recent series.
Meanwhile, Erin Boag explained in a statement: “After 10 wonderful years, and with a truly heavy heart, I have decided to decline the BBC’s very kind offer to compete again in series 11, and have withdrawn from being a competitive dancer on Strictly Come Dancing”, while Viliani’s departure is somewhat expected, as she has been battling injury for a number of months. Viliani won the competition in 2011, when she was partnered with Harry Judd from boyband Mc Fly.