Strictly's Karen Clifton 'staying positive' after Will Young's departure


Strictly Come Dancing's Karen Clifton is "staying positive" after her celebrity partner Will Young dropped out of the programme.

The professional dancer revealed she is getting back to work with a silent video message in which she flaunted her Pilates skills, a smile on her face.

Along with the Instagram post, her first since Will's decision to quit the show, she wrote: "Back to the grind ... Pilates always does the job ... still learning, still pushing, staying positive x."

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Will Young and Karen Clifton on Strictly Come Dancing before the singer quit the show (Guy Levy/BBC/PA Images)

She did not make a direct reference to Strictly or Will in her social media missive.

Fans of Karen, who has appeared on the show since 2012, praised her for her positive attitude.

One wrote: "This is immense! Your attitude is also pretty immense."

Another added: "Yay, so happy to see you smiling. You're so strong both inside and out."

Prior to this, the dancer wrote a happy birthday message for her husband and fellow Strictly dancer Kevin Clifton on Twitter, dubbing him "the only man that makes me smile".

Singer Will, 37, announced he was pulling out of the popular BBC programme on Tuesday.

In a text to the Radio 2 breakfast show on Wednesday morning, read out by DJ Chris Evans, Will said the reasons for his departure were "all very undramatic".

"Here's the thing. I'm absolutely dandy, thanks," his message said.

"It's all very undramatic really. I've done my statement and others can say what they want to say. I never read what they say anyhow."

The Pop Idol winner's exit came after veteran judge Len Goodman told Young to "turn up, keep up, shut up" at the weekend.

Will sparked speculation about the reasons behind his exit when he told fans that he had withdrawn from the competition for "personal reasons".

The singer said he left with "joy in my heart that I have been able to take part in one of the most-loved shows on British television".