Strictly suffers huge blow as Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden quit 2021 series?

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Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden were confirmed to have tested positive for Covid the day after taking part in Strictly Come Dancing’s first live show. The BBC noted the couple are expected to return this Saturday but it seems the couple may end up quitting the show altogether after the odds of the pair departing the series were slashed.

The McFly star and Strictly pro dancer were forced to miss out on Saturday’s second live show.

If they pair both test negative for Covid they will be allowed to resume training and dance this coming weekend. 

However, with the couple due out of isolation on Tuesday, this leaves them just three days to rehearse together before their next performance. 

Bookmakers Ladbrokes make it only a 2/1 chance the duo will quit the show. 

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Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “It would be mightily unfair on the other celebrities if Tom and Amy were given a bye for two weeks, meaning their odds of quitting have been slashed dramatically.”

Express.co.uk have contacted a representative for Strictly to comment.

Ahead of the second live show, an insider revealed Strictly bosses were worried the couple could be forced to miss a second week.

“Amy and Tom need to be isolated until Tuesday at least and then they will have to undergo another Covid test and make sure they are fit and well enough to train,” a source said.

“It means they aren’t likely to get back into full rehearsals until Wednesday which means they face a race against time to learn their routine.”

“Amy is sharing ideas, steps and moves via video for Tom,” the source continued. 

“They are both determined that as soon as they are able to start training again that they will be able to hit the ground running. 

“Tom has been watching them all, taking it in and chatting to Amy all the time.

“The lack of time is another reason why Amy has been giving Tom plenty of homework to do from his sickbed.”

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Strictly couples are allowed to miss one live show if they catch Covid but may forfeit their place if they miss two.

The McFly star admitted he “desperately” wished he could take part in the show on Saturday. 

Sharing a message of good luck to his co-stars, Tom opened up to his fans on Instagram.

He said: “Today is a tough day. It’s Strictly day, I’m going to be watching tonight, cheering everyone on.

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“Desperately, desperately wishing I was there dancing.”

Later on, he added: “I’m obviously so gutted I’m not there and it’s been tough, but I’m so excited to watch everyone. 

“Genuinely really excited, can’t wait to see everyone dance and as much as it hurts that I’m not there dancing with Amy, and I know Amy feels that too, I really want to enjoy watching everyone dance.

“I know how hard has been working and I’ll be screaming and cheering everyone on.”

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One on Saturday at 6.45pm.

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