Will Young back on stage just days after Strictly Come Dancing exit

Whatever Will Young’s “personal reasons” were for quitting Strictly Come Dancing last week, they haven’t stopped him hopping back on stage to belt out a song or two.


Will Young / Rex

The 37-year-old singer popped up at the Savoy Hotel in London on Friday to sing for Barclay’s Spectrum – the high street bank’s LGBT employee network.

The one-time Pop Idol winner wowed fans with a few hits from his back catalogue and a cover of David Bowie’s Let’s Dance, but the fact that he was making a public appearance just days after quitting Strictly did nothing to dispel rumours he quit the show in a huff.


Will Young and Karen Clifton / WENN/BBC

But what happened?! Well, we’re still none the wiser, although the Mirror claims that he didn’t exactly strike up a rapport with dance partner Karen Clifton. In fact, he apparently became “sick of her telling him what to do” during rehearsals. That’s ballroom lessons for ya, Will!

Others have speculated that a spat over a salsa with head judge Len Goodman prompted Will’s sharp exit, with insiders even claiming that the singer bellowed “I don’t need this s***!” to a member of the BBC production team before he waltzed off the show.


Len Goodman / BBC/Wenn

Still, the event on Friday raised money for the Terrence Higgins Trust’s Work Positive programme, which supports unemployed people living with HIV getting back to work, so at least there’s a happy ending.

“I really enjoyed performing at the Barclays Spectrum Dinner and it’s so rewarding to know the money raised is going to help people living with HIV get back to work,” Will said in a statement. “I am so pleased to support the work of Terrence Higgins Trust.”

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