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Wednesday 13th November 2019

Strictly's Catherine Tyldesley troops through rehearsals despite illness this week

A lurgy has struck Strictly...

Catherine Tyldesley says she and her Strictly Come Dancing dance partner Johannes Radebe will perform this weekend after fighting off the lurgy.

Several stars of the BBC Latin and ballroom show were reported to have been feeling "under the weather" after a sickness bug struck the programme, with pro dancers and celebs said to be affected.

But the former Coronation Street star has insisted that they are fighting fit.

Appearing on Loose Women on Thursday (24.10.19) with Johannes, she said: "We're alright. We've overcome it, babes.

Catherine and Johannes discussed the lurgy that has struck Strictly on Loose Women (Credit: ITV)

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"We've had it. We've had loads of vitamin C going on, it's fine."

A source had told the Daily Star newspaper: "Everyone is working hard and obviously they get up close and personal with each other as they dance. When someone gets sick it quickly spreads through the cast.

We've had loads of vitamin C going on, it's fine.

"Lots of people have been under the weather but the show must go on."

Catherine admitted: "I'm not feeling great today. I'm very tired.

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"The lurgy has been doing the rounds at Strictly for weeks. It's been trying to get me but it won’t win."

Last week, Shirley Ballas took to Instagram to reveal to fans she was receiving a vitamins drip after a "tough week", in which she was sent death threats.

She wrote: "Very happy to receive this drip today to help me get well. Full of all sorts of things vitamin c magnesium b12 and the list goes on.

"Feeling under the weather today as a result of a tough week. So @revivuk will have me up and running by Saturday. (sic)"

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And earlier this month, Karim Zeroual was forced to miss a recording of Strictly: It Takes Two after he was struck down with flu.

Whilst his pro partner Amy Dowden said: "He's got the lurgy, so he's resting up as we need him fighting fit for Saturday night.

"He's so disappointed not to be here.”

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One at 6.35pm tonight (26.10.19)

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