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Aliona Vilani quits Strictly

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Aliona Vilani quits Strictly

Aliona Vilani has quit 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The professional dancer, who guided The Wanted singer Jay McGuiness to victory this season, has decided not to return to the show next year.

She tweeted: "Going into this Strictly Come Dancing series 13, I decided that no matter what would happen, it will be my last one."

"After 7 years on Strictly Come Dancing, as my finale, this has been my best Strictly experience ever by a long way!"

Aliona joined the BBC show in 2007 and previously won with McFly's Harry Judd.

Meanwhile, Jay recently called Aliona his "best friend" and said their chemistry on the show was all part of the act.

He explained on ITV's 'Lorraine' chat show: "When you dance with someone you have to create romance sometimes and people then want to see that almost.

"We did something that so few people do together, I genuinely will treasure it forever.

"Honestly, you spend that many hours together you talk about every single thing, like the most trivial and the most pretentious, literally everything. No matter what happens you get a best friend out of 'Strictly'."

After announcing her 'Strictly' departure, Aliona jetted off to Florida with her husband Vincent Kavanagh.

She posted a picture of them on Twitter and wrote: "Florida bound to see family! #HappyHolidays (sic)."