Johnny Ball and Aliona Vilani for Strictly Come DancingThere’s just days to go until the first live show of this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing hits our screens, but it seems like the dancers are already in a tizzy as a sequence of mishaps has hit the show.

First, reigning champion Aliona Vilani fractured her ankle while practising with partner Johnny Ball. The injury is so severe that it will keep her out of action for up to four weeks and So You Think You Can Dance pro Iveta Lukosiute has stepped in to dance with Johnny in the live shows.

Then there’s the flu-bug that’s doing the rounds of the celebrities, with Dani Harmer, Denise Van Outen, Louis Smith and our Richard Arnold all suffering from sickness. Plus, Fern Britton has complained about her fake tan for the show causing rows with husband Phil Vickery.

And with Victoria Pendleton reportedly in tears with a spinal injury she got from her extreme Olympic training regime, it seems we could be in for the toughest start to the series yet!

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