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Sunday 19th January 2020

DOI’s Saara Aalto reveals painful ankle injury almost forced her to quit show

She has suffered multiple injuries

Dancing On Ice star Saara Aalto has revealed she almost had to drop out of the show due to an ankle injury.

The X Factor star said she injured her ankle this week and it became swollen, leaving her uncertain if she would be able to skate any more.

During an appearance on Heart Radio on Friday, Saara, 31, said she's also hurt her head, neck, wrist and elbow!

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She said: "My body’s so exhausted and I have hurt my ankle this week, it was all swollen, and I didn’t know if I would be able to skate any more.

"We did skate yesterday but it was a bit painful. I’ve also hurt my head, my neck my wrist, my elbow."

Despite her injuries, however, Saara revealed she's still skating this weekend and teased fans about her upcoming routine.

Saara said she has been wearing a helmet this week as she'll perform a very dangerous move on the ice.

She explained: "I was wearing a helmet this week for one trick. I’m not doing the headbanger, but something else."

Saara said she and Hamish are bringing Eurovision to the show this weekend (Credit: ITV)

My body’s so exhausted and I have hurt my ankle this week, it was all swollen, and I didn’t know if I would be able to skate any more.

Saara, who represented Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, is partnered with professional skater Hamish Gaman on the show.

The singer revealed she and Hamish will be bringing "Eurovision to Dancing On Ice" this weekend.

She said: "It’s fairytale week which is really me, I love fairytales.

"It's a step up for me this week, it’s a quirky routine with lots of tricks. It’s very theatrical. It’s very me."

After ending up in the skate off last weekend, Saara said she's hoping her performance will be enough to help her avoid another skate off on Sunday.

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She added: "It was a small surprise to be in the bottom two as I was fourth in the leaderboard, but then I was in the skate off. Anything can happen.

"I did it, I survived and if I end up there again I’m ready for it.

"I would love to sing and skate every week, I feel so much more confident."

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