By Juliet Smith

13th February 2019

Strictly professional Pasha Kovalev confirms he is exiting the show after an ‘incredible’ eight years.

The pro-dancer has taken to Twitter to announce the news of his departure from the beloved dance show, Strictly Come Dancing.

So, what’s the story behind the salsa-specialist’s shock Strictly exit?

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Well, the Strictly staple, who met girlfriend Rachel Riley on the show in 2013 and won the 2014 series with Caroline Flack, used Twitter to inform fans that it is time for him to ‘find a new challenge’. The statement – which was released on Wednesday morning – read:

“After scoring 93 perfect tens, reaching 4 finals lifting 1 glitter ball, it’s time for me to find a new challenge and so I’ve decided to make last year my final season on Strictly.”

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He continued:

“I’ve had five fantastic years, full of wonderful memories, thanks to the incredible partners, professionals and myriad of behind the scenes teams who all work to make Strictly the amazing production that it is. The biggest thanks go to all the members of the public who’ve supported me so much over the years – I look forward to seeing you on the Strictly Pro-Tour this spring, and for many future adventures to come!”

We’re not crying. You are. OK – you got us. We totally are blubbing.

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