There is more disappointment for SCD fans after news emerged that favourite star would not be appearing.1lauraStrictly Come Dancing hopeful Laura Whitmore claims she’s devastated that she can’t perform on tonight’s show.  Strictly bosses have released a statement just hours before the live show was due to start. The statement reveals that Laura has suffered an ankle injury, and has been advised not to perform tonight.

The statement read: “Laura Whitmore will not perform on tonight’s Strictly Come Dancing due to an ankle injury sustained earlier in the week. She has been checked by a doctor and the medical team on site and they have advised that she rests her ankle and does not dance this weekend.”

Continuing the statement: “As per the rules of Strictly Come Dancing – because Laura and Giovanni cannot dance on tonight’s show – they will receive a bye through to next week and the show will continue with a public vote as per usual. We wish Laura a speedy recovery.”

The fan favourite has released her own statement on the news via Twitter, revealing that she was “absolutely devastated” by the decision. She wrote: “If it was my choice, I’d be on the dance floor doing my jive with Gio. This was by far my favourite dance.”