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'Strictly Come Dancing': Professional Dancer Robin Windsor Pulls Out Of New Series

06/08/2014 07:44 BST | Updated 06/08/2014 07:59 BST

'Strictly Come Dancing' has lost another professional dancer after Robin Windsor was forced to pull out of the new series because of a back injury.

Robin - who danced with 'Dragon's Den' star Deborah Meaden on 'Strictly' last year - says he is 'devastated' at the news.

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Robin Windsor

"I'm devastated to have to pull out of Strictly this year due to a pre-existing back injury," he said. "It's been a really difficult decision, but I plan to focus 100% on my recovery and hope to be back in the ballroom as soon as possible, doing what I love best.

"In the meantime, I wish the rest of the cast and crew the best of luck with the new series which I'll be watching every week."

Robin will be replaced by Australian dance star Trent Whiddon, who has appeared on the US and Australian equivalent of 'Strictly' - 'Dancing With The Stars' - as well as on Broadway.

He said: "I am so excited to have been asked to join Strictly. It's such an honour to be a part of the show and I can't wait to step onto the famous Strictly dancefloor."

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Trent Whiddon pictured with fellow dancer Gordana Grandosek

'Strictly' executive producer, Louise Rainbow said: "We are of course sad to lose Robin from this year's show. He is a valued member of the Strictly family and we wish him the very best with his recovery.

"But every cloud has a silver lining and I am delighted to welcome Trent to our team of professional dancers."

Robin won't be the only familiar face not appearing on this year's 'Strictly' following the departure of James Jordan and Artem Chigvintsev.

James recently hit out at bosses of the show after he was axed, saying they treat the professional dancers 'like dirt'.

He told The Sun: “The dancers get treated like dirt. The producers like to tell you no one is bigger than the BBC and you’re all replaceable — and I was.

“I think that they forget that without the professionals, they don’t have a show.

“I believe everyone should be treated the same and unfortunately the professional dancers are treated very, very, very differently to the celebrities.”

The 12th series of 'Strictly' kicks off on 2 September on BBC One when this year's celebrity contestants will be revealed.

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