There will be no elimination on 'Strictly Come Dancing' this week following the sudden departure of Nigel Harman.

There will be no elimination on Strictly Come Dancing this week

There will be no elimination on Strictly Come Dancing this week

The 50-year-old actor had been taking part in the BBC Latin and ballroom competition alongside professional partner Katya Jones, 34, but pulled out of the series just hours before the live show on Saturday (02.12.23) after sustaining an injury.

At the opening of the show on Saturday evening, hosts Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly confirmed that no public vote will take place.

Claudia said: "As you can see, we only have four couples. Unfortunately, Nigel has suffered an injury which means he is unable to perform in tonight's show and has had to withdraw from the competition. That means there will be no public tonight, and no elimination this weekend."

This means that former 'Coronation Street' actress Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola along with tennis legend Annabel Croft and Johannes Radebe, West End star Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin as well as 'EastEnders' actor Bobby Brazier and Dianne Buswell are automatically through to next week's semi-final.

Tess then revealed that the scores given in this week's show will still count and will be carried over before voting resumes as normal in the next stage of the competition.

Tess said: "The judges will still be scoring and those scores will be carried over. You'll be able to vote as usual next week."

Less than a day before he was supposed to compete in the quarter-finals, 'Casualty' star Nigel had spoken of his excitement to have made it through to Musicals week as he teased that he and Katya would be dancing a complex routine set to 'Step in Time' from Disney classic 'Mary Poppins'.

Speaking on 'It Takes Two', he told host Fleur East: "I just love musicals, I love the singing and dancing and the heightened emotions of it all. We've got this banger this week, it's full on showbiz. There's leaps, there's carries and we're flying around and I end up needing oxygen every time I do it. It's full on but it's exciting.'

"I'm not gonna lie, the Rumba just sort of mincing around wafting my hips in a general direction with some arms was lovely, maybe one bead of sweat.

"This week, St John's ambulance are on standby.'