There’s ALREADY been a Strictly Come Dancing injury and it hasn’t even started yet


Shirley Ballas

by Emma Dodds |
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It's inevitable that contestants taking part in Strictly Come Dancing will sustain SOME minor injuries - but it's normally after they've been in the show for a few weeks. HOWEVER, this year, one of the Strictly stars has revealed that they've ALREADY hurt themselves during rehearsals... And the show hasn't even started yet!

Unfortunately for Red Dwarf actor Danny John-Jules, he's the first contestant to injure himself so far this series, which is due to begin this Saturday (22nd Sept) after the launch night on 8th Sept saw the celebrity participants matched up with their professional partners.

©Danny John-Jules with his partner Amy Dowden © BBC Pictures

Danny admitted to the injury in an interview with the Mirror, revealing that they'd had to pause the rehearsals after a full day of practising ended with Danny suffering from swollen feet.

The 58-year-old said, "Mother Nature’s having a bit of a dig at me. I had to bandage my toes," whilst his partner Amy added they'd had to stop the foxtrot rehearsal after noticing that Danny was "hobbling" around the studio. "I was telling him he needed to put his feet up," she said.

Swipe through to see who the Strictly 2018 celebrities are partnered up with - and which dances they'll be doing in Week 1...


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Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev1 of 10
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Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev

Ashley and Pasha will dance a Foxtrot to 'Orange Coloured Sky' by Natalie Cole.

Charles Venn and Karen Clifton2 of 10
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Charles Venn and Karen Clifton

Charles and Karen will dance a Viennese Waltz to 'Piano Man' by Billy Joel.

Danny John-Jules and Amy Dowden3 of 10
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Danny John-Jules and Amy Dowden

Danny and Amy will dance a Quickstep to 'Freedom' by Pharrell Williams.

Faye Tozer and Giovanni Pernice4 of 10
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Faye Tozer and Giovanni Pernice

Faye and Giovanni will perform a Tango to 'Call Me' by Blondie.

Graeme Swann and Oti Mabuse5 of 10
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Graeme Swann and Oti Mabuse

Graeme and Oti will dance a Waltz to 'The Last Waltz' by Engelbert Humperdinck.

Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswel'6 of 10
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Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell

Joe and Dianne will perform a Paso Doble to 'Pompeii' by Bastille.

Kate Silverton and Aljaz Skorjanec7 of 10
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Kate Silverton and Aljaz Skorjanec

Kate and Aljaz will dance an Argentine Tango to 'Assassin's Tango' by John Powell.

Lauren Steadman and AJ Pritchard8 of 10
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Lauren Steadman and AJ Pritchard

Lauren and AJ will dance a Jive to 'Girlfriend' by Avril Lavigne.

Dr Ranj Singh and Janette Manrara9 of 10
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Dr Ranj Singh and Janette Manrara

Dr. Ranj and Janette will perform a Samba to 'Freedom 90' by George Michael.

Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton10 of 10
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Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton

Stacey and Kevin will do a Street and Commercial dance to Alicia Keys' hit song 'Empire State of Mind'.

This weekend's series premiere will see Danny and Amy dance the foxtrot to the Top Cat theme by Hoyt Curtin, which many are thinking is a reference back to his character of Cat in Red Dwarf, which he starred in alongside Coronation Street and Robot Wars star Craig Charles.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday 22nd September on BBC One at 6.15pm.

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