Kelvin Fletcher had one hour to decide whether to replace Jamie Laing on Strictly Come Dancing

Kelvin Fletcher

Kelvin Fletcher joined Strictly Come Dancing last minute (Picture: PA)

Strictly Come Dancings Kelvin Fletcher was given just one hour to decide whether he wanted to replace Jamie Laing on this years series.

The former Emmerdale star was called upon by bosses last minute to step in for the Made In Chelsea personality after an injury forced him to quit and had just 60 minutes to say yes or no.

I didnt anticipate this at all, Kelvin told Radio Times of his sudden casting. I suddenly received a call from my agent offering me the chance to do Strictly and I had to make the decision within an hour or two.

I was doing a different job towards the end of the year so I had to change my plans, but it was a no-brainer.

He added to the publication: Id met the Strictly producers previously so theyd already had a taste of me and what I was about but I was straight in at the deep end.

Kelvin and Oti Mabuse

Kelvin has been partnered with Oti Mabuse (Picture: BBC)

Strictly Jamie Laing

Jamie Laing was forced to quit Strictly (Picture: BBC)

Gemma Collins claimed on Lorraine earlier this month that Kelvin had been signed up for Dancing On Ice 2020, but ditched the show in favour of Strictly.



Jamie was forced to pull out of this years competition after suffering an injury to his foot during the first group dance of the series.

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Read Kelvins full interview in this weeks Radio Times (Picture: Radio Times)

Ahead of his departure in the launch show, he said: As I did the first dance. As I kicked off, I felt a pop and a searing pain in my foot.

So I saw the physio and we have to wait for an MI and see what happens. Theres definitely swelling so theres definitely tissue damage.

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Another clip showed Jamie sporting crutches and it was then where he announced his exit.

Hello everyone, I just wanted to give everyone a quick update on my foot, he said. Now because of the injury it means Im going to be in a boot for eight weeks recovering which means I wont be a part of the show.

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