Strictly fans have noticed a moment when Nigel Harman seemingly predicted the injury that eventually led to his withdrawal from the show. The actor suffered a rib injury, forcing him to leave the competition. However, during an appearance on Strictly's spin-off show, It Takes Two, Harman joked about having St John's Ambulance on standby in case something went wrong on the night. Little did he know, his joke would become a reality.
During his appearance on It Takes Two, Harman spoke about his love for musicals and the excitement of performing on Strictly. He mentioned the intense routines and the need for oxygen after performing them. He even joked about having St John's Ambulance on standby. Little did he know, he would actually need their assistance due to his rib injury.
Disappointment for Harman
Nigel Harman was due to perform a Charleston routine to Step in Time from Disney's Mary Poppins in the quarter-finals. Unfortunately, his rib injury prevented him from taking the stage. Harman and his dance partner, Katya Jones, were disappointed as they had not been in the bottom two and had a real chance of making it to the finals. Harman had been training hard and was fully committed to the competition.
Withdrawal and No Elimination
Due to Nigel Harman's withdrawal, there will be no elimination this week. Instead, the remaining celebrities – Ellie Leach, Annabel Croft, Layton Williams, and Bobby Brazier – will all advance to the next round. This unexpected turn of events gives them another chance to showcase their dancing skills.
Second Shock Exit
Nigel Harman's departure marks the second surprise exit of the series. Previously, Amanda Abbington and Giovanni Pernice withdrew from the competition for medical reasons. Both Harman and Abbington were considered strong contenders for the glitterball trophy.