Strictly Come Dancing: Four Professional Dancers Quit Hit BBC Show

End of an era for the viewers favourites

By On

It's the end of an era for three of Strictly Come Dancing dancers as Erin Boag, Aliona Vilani, Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace call it quits as regular fixtures on the series, as the show approaches its tenth anniversary. 

They are all regular faces on Saturdays night television's most loved TV show, and now some of Strictly's favourite dancers are waltzing out of the show for good.

The decision is most likely to worry producers, after controversy surrounding the pay of dancers last year. There was outrage among the 14 dancers as it was claimed they each received just a £500 series pay rise compared to the £20,000 awarded to judges.

They were reportedly handed a considerably small fee of £30,500 for their part in the 12-week series, less than a third of that taken home by each of the panelists.

It's reported that all four dancers will quit to pursue other interests after entertaining audiences on the BBC 1 celebrity talent contest with their ballroom skills.

Flavia and Vincent both starred on the show as dancers and even dated (WENN) 

The shocking revelations are expected to be officially announced by show bosses in the coming weeks, however a TV insider insisted the trio are leaving on good terms.

The source revealed to The Mirror: “It’s ­upsetting to lose all three at once. But it hasn't come after a big fall out or because they are unhappy with the show. They each just feel it’s time to move on."

“Strictly’s gruelling schedule takes up a huge chunk of the year between training, live shows and the successful arena tour. Now they feel they have come to the end of the road and have decided to pursue other things.” the source continued.

Viewer favourite Flavia, who won last year's series with gymnast Louis Smith said in a statement today: "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. However we look forward to continuing to perform on our favourite show and remain a part of the family including partnering a celebrity in the Christmas Special. "

"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", the dancer added.

Boag, who has danced with Olympic medalist Colin Jackson and impressionist Rory Bremner, said: "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."

Former Strictly champion Aliona Vilani, who won in 2011 with McFly's Harry Judd, will not be returning for the next series either, according to the Mail Online. She had not competed in the 2012 show due to injury, but no reason was given for her departure.

The news comes after it was revealed that Sir Bruce Forsyth, 85, is set to reduce his workload next season.

Tags :