Strictly stars are not hiding how upset they are about Will Young leaving the show

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Will Young just announced his mysterious exit from Strictly Come Dancing - and his fellow contestants have taken to Twitter to show how upset they are about it.

The Pop Idol winner, 37, left days after clashing with head judge Len Goodman, with the veteran telling Young to "turn up, keep up, shut up".

Will Young and Karen Clifton perform a Bollywood inspired salsa.
Will Young and Karen Clifton perform a Bollywood inspired salsa (Guy Levy/BBC/PA)

Will told fans on Tuesday that he had withdrawn from the competition due to "personal reasons", but left with "joy in my heart that I have been able to take part in one of the most loved shows on British television".

Without revealing any more insider details, his partner, Karen Clifton, said Will's move wasn't "easy" and she was "so sad" to see him go...

Len and his fellow judges Darcey Bussell, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli have not commented on the departure, nor have hosts Claudia Winkelman and Tess Daly.

But nearly everyone else on the show was quick to wish him well.

Model Daisy Lowe tweeted...

Hollyoaks star Danny Mac lent Will his support despite being "gutted"...

Birds Of A Feather star Lesley Joseph also said she was sad to see the back of "lovely" Will...

And similar feelings came from teenage gymnast Claudia Fragapane...

Comedian Melvin Odoom, who was the first to leave the competition, shared a sense of solidarity...

As did presenter Ore Oduba...

And pro dancers Natalie Lowe and Janette Manrara promised vibes of love and positive energy to "an absolute dream" of a contestant...

A show source said there was no bad blood between Will and Len following Saturday night's heated exchange, and there is a lot of mutual respect between them.

In a statement the BBC said: "Due to personal reasons, Will Young has decided to withdraw from Strictly Come Dancing. The show fully respects his decision and wishes him all the best for the future."

Will and Karen were due to perform the Viennese waltz to Say Something by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera this weekend.

The show will proceed as normal with a results show on Sunday, when the third celebrity will be eliminated following the public vote.

Strictly Come Dancing airs at 6.30pm on BBC One.