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We're now just days away from the very first live show of this year's Strictly Come Dancing, but it seems things aren't exactly going swimmingly for one contestant.
In fact, one of the celebrity contenders has revealed that he’s been forced to stop his rehearsals in light of an injury sustained during intensive training.
Red Dwarf actor Danny John-Jules confessed to The Mirror that during the two-week rehearsal period, he’s been suffereing from some seriously swollen feet, which has meant that putting his dancing on hold for a bit has been the best option.
He revealed, “Mother Nature’s having a bit of a dig at me. I had to bandage my toes.” Perhaps not the best thing when you’re dancing…
Danny’s professional partner Amy Dowden went on to reveal that she was the one who encourage Danny’s break from training, after noticing him ‘hobbling’ around the room they were practising in.
She said, “I was telling him he needed to put his feet up.”
So it seems that luckily, Danny hasn’t been told to park his training under medical advisement – but is instead following sensible orders from his pro to take it a bit easier.
58-year-old Danny has spoken previously about his age, admitting that he realises he needs to be a bit careful in order not to injure himself.
He said, “When you think about people like Nureyev [ballet dancer], their career was over at 45. Here’s me at 58, doing cha cha cha’s and sambas!
“You have to be very conscious about not getting injuries, as my knees are a bit creaky.”
With the first live show of the series set to take place on Saturday night, we’re sure that Danny will be able to recover in time in order to pull out all the stops for his first dance.
In fact, his partner Amy even shared some videos on her Instagram of the two of them heading for some luxury manicures and pedicures ahead of Saturday’s show – so it appears all is going to plan!
He and Amy will be dancing the Foxtrot to the Top Cat Theme, by Hoyt Curtin. They’ll be the only pair to dance the dance on the night.
Strictly Come Dancing will air its first live episode on Saturday 22nd September at 6.15pm on BBC One.