McFly star Tom Fletcher and his Strictly dance partner have tested positive for Covid-19.

The BBC announced the singer and professional dancer Amy Dowden had contracted the virus on Sunday afternoon, and said they would be self-isolating.

They said in a statement: "Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden have tested positive for Covid-19.

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"The pair are now self-isolating separately following the latest Government guidelines.

"While they will both miss Saturday's live show, Strictly Come Dancing protocols mean that, all being well, they will return the following week."

This follows reports that three of the show's dancers were unvaccinated, though there is no suggestion that either Tom or Amy was among this number.

The show has seen its television audience grow to almost eight million viewers, according to overnight ratings for Saturday.

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Tom was scored 21 by the judges on last night's show.

Judge Shirley Ballas told him: "It's definitely difficult to go first and you did yourself honour with some of the footwork you did today."

She added: "If this is the standard that you are setting then I hope that everyone else can follow that because that was really very good."