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Strictly Come Dancing has been running for 13 years now, so it’s no surprise that there are some members of the professional dancing team that seem like part of the furniture now.
But one veteran member has decided she’s had enough of sashaying her way through Saturday nights, and has quit the show after seven years as one of its professional dancers.
Natalie Lowe, who was partnered with Olympian Greg Rutherford in last year’s series, has retired from the series, shocking fans of the show.
She announced on 4th May that she has made the “difficult decision” not to appear on the 15th series of the show, saying “This was a very difficult decision for me not to accept the invitation to appear on this season of Strictly Come Dancing.”
The pro dancer admitted that it’s a sad moment for her, saying, “It is with a very heavy heart that I have arrived at this decision.”
She continued, “I’ll be forever grateful for the amazing time, opportunities and memories that Strictly has created for me. My time on the programme has been everything that I dreamed it would be and more.
“From the friendships I developed, the amazing dances I was able to perform in and the experiences that Strictly provided, it has been an incredible and extraordinary adventure.”
During her time on the show, Natalie has danced with the likes of Ainsley Harriot and Scott Maslen. But she came closest to her chance at taking home the Glitterball trophy all the way back in 2009, when she was partnered with soap star Ricky Whittle. Sadly, however, the pair were pipped to the post by winners Ola Jordan and Chris Hollins.
Natalie has had some other less successful partnerships on the show though. In 2012, she was partenered with Michael Vaughan, who didn’t exactly take to the moves on the show.
But, in her final year with Greg, the pair finished in seventh, which seems like a pretty sound end to a successful Strictly stint to us.