Professional dancer Pasha Kovalev has announced he is quitting Strictly Come Dancing after eight years on the show.

In a message posted to Twitter, the Latin and ballroom dancer wrote: "After scoring 93 perfect tens, reaching 4 finals and lifting 1 glitter ball, it's time for me to find a new challenge and so I've decided to make last year my final season on Strictly.

"I've had 8 fantastic years, full of wonderful memories, thanks to the incredible partners, professionals and myriad of behind the scenes teams who all work to make Strictly the amazing production that it is."

The official Strictly Come Dancing Twitter account said he will be "hugely missed".

Kovalev competed in four finals and lifted the glitterball trophy once, when he won with Caroline Flack in 2014.

After the news of his departure was announced, a host of Strictly stars took to social media to express their sadness.

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