Strictly's Craig Revel Horwood isolating after testing positive

Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood has tested positive for Covid.

The 56-year-old judge is now self-isolating and won’t be taking part in this week’s show, leaving Anton Du Beke, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas as a three.

A Strictly spokesperson said: ‘Craig Revel Horwood has tested positive for Covid-19 and is now self-isolating following the latest government guidelines.

‘While Craig will not be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this weekend, all being well he will return the following week.’

Strictly’s It Takes Two presenter Rylan Clark-Neal addressed the news on tonight’s programme.

‘Craig, we’re sending you all our love and we cant wait to see you really soon,’ he said.

Craig is the third person to test positive for the virus in this series, following Loose Women’s Judi Love and McFly’s Tom Fletcher.

Positive Covid tests aside, comedian Robert Webb and partner Dianne Buswell previously withdrew from the show over the TV star’s ill health.

The Peep Show actor, who had open heart surgery two years ago, said he was advised by a doctor to quit the show in October after he had ‘begun to feel symptoms’ while training.

Former rugby player Ugo Monye was also previously sidelined due to a back injury.

Judge Anton du Beke previously shared the measures that BBC bosses have taken behind the scenes to make sure that everyone is staying safe.

During a stint on Good Morning Britain in September, he explained that ‘everyone is tested every week’, and keeping their distance backstage.

The dancer said that while coronavirus restrictions might have eased around the country, because Strictly wants to avoid any incidents, ‘they’re treating it as though we are sort of still in the grip of the pandemic and it’s all taken very seriously and everyone’s doing exactly what they should, in line with the government’.

He added: ‘Everyone’s worked too hard for this and everybody wants the show to work, the viewers and everybody involved in the show.’

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