Who is Kelvin Fletcher? Meet the Strictly 2019 stand-in contestant, actor and racing driver

One reality star’s misfortune is another soap actor’s lucky day as Strictly brings in a replacement celeb.

Just when we thought we had the whole Strictly Come Dancing 2019 line-up confirmed, Jamie Laing injuring his foot in the launch show threw a spanner in the works.

The Made in Chelsea star is now out of the competition – but thankfully, were not a contestant down as understudy Kelvin Fletcher has stepped up to fill his dance shoes.

[Read more: Strictly is bittersweet because of Jamie Laing's injury]

Revealed as a Strictly contestant: This is a momentous series for Strictly, as it’s the first time producers have had to bring in one of their reserves after the confirmed celebs had started filming.

Jamie Laing had already taken part in the pre-recorded launch show, but he injured his foot in the group dance and had to drop out just two days before the episode aired.

After the launch show had gone out, Kelvin Fletcher was announced as Jamie’s replacement.

Age: 35

Occupation: Actor and racing driver

Best known for: Kelvin played popular character Andy Sugden in Emmerdale for 20 years. His character had a chequered romantic history, including a long-running on-off affair with his own stepsister, before finally leaving the village in 2016.

As well as his acting work, Kelvin is also a professional racing driver and competes in the British GT Championships.

[Read more: Jamie Laing pulls out of Strictly over injury]

He said: “I'm overwhelmed by the response I've been receiving so far. I can't believe it, it's a dream come true.

"Those who know me, after a few beers, I love music and I love to dance, but that doesn't mean I'll be any good!

"Once you put choreography and a few dance moves, who knows?

“Jamie, if you're watching this, I wish you all the best with your recovery. I'm sorry it's in these circumstances."

Strictly partner: Oti Mabuse

Instagram: @kelvin_fletcher

Memorable moments: Kelvin had arguably already created a memorable moment by being the first-ever stand-in for a contestant who had had to drop out after being announced, but before the live shows began.

The former soap star wasn't about to waste his opportunity by using the excuse that he'd only had two weeks to train, though - he wowed everyone, including Jamie Laing who was sitting in the audience, with the highest ever week 1 score of 32 for his Samba.

Kelvin and Oti scored eights across the board and instantly propelled themselves into not just poll position on the leaderboard, but also favourites to win.

Their series only got stronger from there, with a Rumba that made Oti's judge sister Motsi Mabuse blush, and a perfect 40 in their semi-final Quickstep.

Strictly's final saw the pair score full marks for their Showdance, and although they were second to Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden on the judges' scoreboard, they went on to win the series from the public vote.

WINNER!: Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse were crowned the winners of Strictly Come Dancing 2019, beating pairs Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden, and Emma Barton and Anton du Beke to the Glitterball Trophy.

Strictly Come Dancing Scoreboard - Week 1

Don't worry, if you miss one the performances on Saturday night's first live show. We'll keep our Strictly leaderboard updated with everyone's scores from the judges and have all the highlights and talking points from the evening.

Jamie Laing

Jamie Laing - OUT

Dev Griffin

Dev Griffin

Emma Weymouth - Strictly Come Dancing

Emma Weymouth

Saffron Barker - Strictly Come Dancing

Saffron Barker

Mike Bushell - Strictly Come Dancing

Mike Bushell

James Cracknell - Strictly Come Dancing

James Cracknell

Michelle Visage

Michelle Visage

David James

David James

Alex Scott

Alex Scott

Emma Barton

Emma Barton

Will Bayley

Will Bayley

Anneka Rice

Anneka Rice

Karim Zeroual

Karim Zeroual

Catherine Tyldesley

Catherine Tyldesley

Chris Ramsey

Chris Ramsey

Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly

 All the Past Winners

Strictly Week 1 dance routines revealed



The full list of Latin and Ballroom routines are below...

Alex Scott and Neil Jones - 'I Get a Kick Out of You' by Frank Sinatra – Quickstep

Anneka Rice and Kevin Clifton - 'Gloria' by Laura Branigan – Cha Cha

Catherine Tyldesley and Johannes Radebe - 'I Got You Babe' by Sonny and Cher – Viennese Waltz

Chris Ramsey and Karen Hauer - 'Juice' by Lizzo – Cha Cha

David James and Nadiya Bychkova - 'Three Lions' by Baddiel, Skinner and the Lightning Seeds – Foxtrot

Dev Griffin and Dianne Buswell - 'Build Me Up Buttercup' by The Foundations – Foxtrot

Emma Barton and Anton du Beke - 'Honey Honey' by ABBA – Jive

Emma Weymouth and Aljaž Skorjanec - 'She's a Lady' by Tom Jones – Cha Cha

James Cracknell and Luba Mushtuk - 'Gold' by Spandau Ballet – Tango

Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden - 'If I Can't Have You' by Shawn Mendes – Cha Cha

Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse - 'La Vida Es Un Carnaval' by Celia Cruz – Samba

Michelle Visage and Giovanni Pernice - 'So Emotional' by Whitney Houston – Cha Cha

Mike Bushell and Katya Jones - 'Do You Love Me' by The Contours – Jive

Saffron Barker and AJ Pritchard - 'Lips Are Moving' by Meghan Trainor – Tango

Will Bayley and Janette Manrara - 'Pencil Full of Lead' by Paulo Nutini – Quickstep

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