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Judi Love has been forced to drop out of the next Strictly live show as she's tested positive for Covid-19.

The star, who is partnered up with professional dancer Graziano Di Prima, was due to perform her next routine on Saturday night.

She was supposed to be dancing the Cha Cha to Olivia Newton-John's track Physical.

However, she's now had to self-isolate in order to follow the government's health guidelines after testing positive for the virus.

A BBC spokesperson for Strictly Come Dancing revealed: "Judi Love has tested positive for Covid-19 and is now self-isolating following the latest government guidelines.

"While Judi and Graziano will not be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this weekend, Strictly Come Dancing protocols mean that all being well, they will return the following week."

Last week, Judi was almost eliminated from the hit dancing show as she found herself in the bottom two alongside actor Greg Wise.

The Loose Women host had to compete in a dance-off with Greg, but managed to keep herself in the competition by doing enough to impress the judges.

Judi also landed in the bottom two in the previous week, where she had to dance off against former Corrie actress Katie McGlynn, who eventually got sent home.

Judi is not the first Strictly contestant to drop out of the show after catching Covid.

It comes days after McFly singer Tom Fletcher and his professional partner Amy Dowden returned to the Strictly dancefloor after testing positive for Covid and having to miss out on a live show.

Tom had admitted he was "gutted" to pull out of Strictly and his McFly tour, but him and Amy came back with a bang as they jived to Johnny B Goode from the Back To The Future soundtrack.

Strictly's contestant-chaos continued when rugby star Ugo Monye announced he was going to miss his next dance after injuring his back.

The 38-year-old said he was "gutted" to have to pull out, but insisted he would be returning to the show the week after.

Taking to Twitter, he wrote: "Unfortunately I'm not going to be able to dance this weekend on the show.

"'I have a history of back problems which has always been managed under the guidance of medical professionals. Unfortunately this has been causing me some unwanted problems this week!

"I have been advised by medical professionals and with huge support from Strictly to get some treatment & rest to ensure that I can get myself back to full capacity and fighting fit for next week."

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday on BBC One

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