Matthew Cutler dances off Strictly

Strictly host Bruce Forsyth

Strictly Come Dancing host Bruce Forsyth

Matthew Cutler and his pretty co-star Lilia Kopylova have both left 'Strictly Come Dancing' as permanent members, but will return one special episodes.

Matthew Cutler and Lilia Kopylova have quit 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The dancers won't return to the ballroom dance show as permanent members when it comes back onto the BBC later this year, but may make occasional appearances as part of the professional troupe.

Matt - who is leaving to focus on his the dance school he opened last year - will also choreograph a few of the group routines for the show.

He said: "I've absolutely loved my time on 'Strictly', and now is a good time to focus on developing new areas of my career. I'm excited about having more time to commit to new projects and, of course, still having a hand in 'Strictly' without all the training!"

Meanwhile, Ian Waite and Darren Bennett are set to make their return to the series, which is hosted by Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly, and will also feature four secret new dance recruits.

Lilia said: "I've had six brilliant series on the show, I will miss it, but I am looking forward to new opportunities ahead. Of course I will be there to support Darren and all of my fellow professionals."

This autumn's 'Strictly Come Dancing' series promises to be bigger than ever, with a new focus on dramatic performances by the professional team rather than just the celebrity pairings.


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