Injury rules Artem out of this week's show
Artem Chigvintsev will not be dancing with partner Holly Valance this weekend following an injury to his back. Instead Holly will be dancing with professional Brendan Cole this Saturday, whilst Artem will still be choreographing the routine. Holly and Brendan will tackle the Rumba to Will Young's Leave Right Now.
A BBC Spokesperson explained: "Artem was initially diagnosed with a transverse process fracture of the lumbar spine. However the latest medical advice from a spinal specialist following further scans is that he is suffering with a combination of joint and soft tissue injury.
"While this medical advice is more encouraging he will still need to rest, so will not be dancing this Saturday."
Artem said: "Thanks to everyone for all the messages and tweets of support, it really means so much. I'm sad not to be dancing with Holly this weekend, but I'm grateful that Brendan is quickstepping in to fill my dancing shoes, and the two of them will be fantastic."
Holly added: "I'm obviously disappointed I won't be dancing with Artem this weekend, but his wellbeing is very important to me, and Brendan is an awesome guy and we're working hard to bring something new and exciting to this Saturday's show."
Brendan said he was extremely happy to be asked by Artem to step in, even though it's never nice under these circumstances.
I'm sure you'll all join Brendan and Holly in wishing Artem a speedy recovery to the dancefloor!