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Actress' sudden exit from famous dancing series sparks shake up for final

Strictly Come Dancing series 21 has been filled with all the usual glitz and glam of the showbiz world, but this year’s competition has come with a side of mystery. Amanda Abbington made a sudden exit from the BBC series that left a lot of viewers scratching their heads.

Actress Amanda had a bright future on the show, according to a Daily Record interview with judge Anton Du Beke. However, she parted ways with the BBC series and her dance partner, Giovanni Pernice after five weeks of competing.

Amanda Abbington smiles with hand on hip wearing gold flapper dress for Strictly Come Dancing promo
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Why did Amanda Abbington leave Strictly Come Dancing?

During Strictly Come Dancing series 21 week 5, it was announced that Amanda wouldn’t be performing on the show due to medical reasons.

She still remained in the BBC competition until week 6 when she revealed that she was withdrawing from the show entirely.

October 23 marked the end of Amanda’s time on Strictly. She took to Instagram a day later to share her reason for leaving.

Amanda simply explained: “…for personal reasons I am unable to continue.”

Amanda’s ‘odd’ Strictly post

When Amanda took to Instagram to share some heartfelt words with her followers over her decision to leave Strictly, she had some people commenting their thoughts that it was “odd.”

The commenters are referring to Amanda not specifically mentioning her former dance partner, Giovanni, in the post.

She explained that she “did not come to this decision easily or lightly…”

The actress added: “It was an absolute joy working with my fellow contestants, they are a beautiful, hardworking, and talented group of people… I want to thank the incredible Production team and everyone on Strictly who looked after me and who are so kind and caring. It’s a wonderful bunch of people and I’ll miss all of them.”

Many took to the comments section to tell Amanda that she was “loved” and “strong,” but some left remarks about her non-mention of Giovanni. One said: “I think Amanda you have forgotten somebody there, what about a mention for your partner??”

Shake up for 2023 final

Amanda was clearly disappointed to not be able to continue in the competition. And, many of her followers and Anton said she had huge potential to make it to the final stages of series 21.

Per The Mirror, Amanda won’t be attending the Strictly final this year. The show’s last episode of the season usually sees all the couples back together for a final dance. But “a source revealed Amanda would not be back.”

When it comes to the 2023 final, fans are now predicting that three couples instead of the usual four will compete for top spot.

Because of Amanda and Giovanni’s exit, there is one less couple competing this year which means that the final will look at little different.

It’s not the first time that three couples have competed in a Strictly final, however. Series 2, 3, 6, 9, 14, and 17 all saw three couples taking part.

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