New details revealed about Will Young’s departure from Strictly Come Dancing
New reports of Will Young’s diva-like behaviour during Strictly Come Dancing have emerged.
The former Pop Idol singer stunned Strictly fans by quitting the show for “personal reasons” after only two weeks in October. It was later reported that the “Leave Right Now” singer had struggled with the high-intensity dance routines, and his on-show clash with head judge Len Goodman had not helped matters.
Now, The Mirror reports that the week preceding Young’s departure, the singer stood up professional dance partner Karen Clifton after insisting she undertake a six hour journey to practice in his hometown.
Clifton spent six hours on the train to practice with Young, who had told her he did not wish to practice in London due to its “negative energy”.
However, upon reaching Young’s hometown of Cornwall, Young did not arrive to practice – rendering her long journey moot. The six-hour train journey home to London meant Clifton travelled a total of 12 hours for nothing, leaving her “furious”.
A source said: “Will wanted to rehearse closer to home, which was impractical for Karen but she was happy to accommodate.
“He described London as having a ‘negative energy’, and he had some household things he needed to be nearby for, so it made sense at the time for them to relocate.
“But after Karen spent six hours sitting on a train, Will failed to show up.
“Understandably, Karen was furious. And to make matters worse, she had to spend another six hours travelling back up to London, making it a pointless 12-hour trip.”
Young’s representatives have not commented on the reports.
Strictly Come Dancing continues, without Will Young, on Saturday at 6.35pm on BBC One.