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BBC Strictly Kirstie | 18:55 UK time, Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Holly and Artem

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!

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Will miss seeing Artem dance this weekend but am really glad he is resting so will hopefully be in the mend soon. Artem is truly inspirational, not only in his dance capability but also his work ethic. Fingers crossed he is fully healed in time for Wembley!!! Best wishes for a speedy recovery Artem! Good luck to Holly and Brendan for this weekend!!! :)

  • Comment number 2.

    Here here two left feet. Get well soon Artem but do take care to fully recover. Its great that Brendan is able to take over; your girl is in safe hands.

  • Comment number 3.

    Get well soon Artem and at Least Holly is the safe Hands of Brendan.

  • Comment number 4.

    Get well Artem, hope you don't rush it though, speaking as someone who deals with these injurys for a living time is the healer and rest :-) however you know yourself and your body and know what is best for you :-) and your wonderful team of doctors, physios etc looking forward to seeing Brendan dance with Holly on sat , he is a wonderful dancer that coupled with Artems choreography ...a match made in heaven :-)Really liking this years scd :-)

  • Comment number 5.

    GET WELL SOON ARTEM!!
    we'll all miss you soooooooooooo much but are glad brendan is taking your shoes!
    so just rest and we all hope the lovely kara tointon is looking after you!!
    GET WELL SOON ARTEM!
    Xxxx

  • Comment number 6.

    Artem is a wonderfull dancer and i wish him a speedy recovery. Can anyone help me though as i think he was meant to dance in the results show with professional males and if he was not the fifth dancer how was it?

  • Comment number 7.

    I too wish you, Artem, a swift recovery. Don't jeopardise your spine!

    I would have liked to see Ian Waite step in, however. Some of the sheer joy of Strictly went with him when he left, and a short spot on ITT isn't enough!

  • Comment number 8.

    Do take care Artem!

  • Comment number 9.

    Health always comes first, even on SCD. Here's hoping for a good recovery for Artem. I don't know how the fiery Brendon from New Zealand will take to the slightly laid back Holly from Australia - potentially an explosive mix. But more important is that Artem doesn't try to rush back to quickly and do no good at all for his bod.

  • Comment number 10.

    Get well Soon Artem, your partner is in safe hands with the lovely Brendan.

  • Comment number 11.

    Eve - it was the wonderful Matt Flint, winner of So You Think You Can Dance

  • Comment number 12.

    Get Well Soon Artem,thanks to you for your excellent choreography, thanks to Brendan for stepping in for you. Good Luck Holly. Hope Kara & Artem are taking care of each other. See you back on the dance floor as son as you are 100% fit.x

  • Comment number 13.

    Artem is a wonderful dancer a superb choreographer and a great assest to SCD, SO GET WELL SOON ARTEM we need you back xx

  • Comment number 14.

    sorry to hear your injury stops you dancing this week. Hope you're feeling better and soon fighting fit.

  • Comment number 15.

    Artem is always the consummate professional and a joy to watch. It is important that he takes all the time he needs to heal this injury even if he is out longer that he would wish. We want to see you back only when you are 100% fit Artem. Be patient !

  • Comment number 16.

    We love you, Artem. Good luck with your recovery and take your time. We'll wait for you, patiently. I know how much back injuries suck. Heal up and we'll see you when you're better.

  • Comment number 17.

    Very glad to hear it's not a fracture! Cause that in association with backs is just downright scary. But still pretty horrible, anyway. Good luck with the recovery.

    I hope you don't have to rush yourself in order to get back in the show, because of the injury clauses.

  • Comment number 18.

    Get Well soon Artem. Come back when you're 100% fit. Holly's in safe hands.

  • Comment number 19.

    Poor Artem! He was amazing to dance last week - no sign until he limped off. He does the most fantastic routines, is a capable and inspirational teacher, has a great work ethic and seems a genuinely nice chap. Wish him a speedy recovery.

  • Comment number 20.

    The Team sites are now "closed for comment" very strange. What's up?
    Was going to ask for a "suggestions box" that the powers that be would read and take notice of.
    Meanwhile, hope Artem recovers quickly.

  • Comment number 21.

    Get well soon Artem

  • Comment number 22.

    So happy that Brendan has been kind enough to help Holly and Artem out, I'm sure Artem must be incredibly frustrated but like everyone is saying, take it easy Artem and give your body time to heal. I think most of us would agree that we'd rather wait and get you back on the show than have you out of action for the series!

  • Comment number 23.

    Why no comments allowed on the Chelsee Pasha blog does anyone know? I love Artem and wish him a speedy recovery but I want to chat on the Chelsee and Pasha blog and for some reason the BBC seem to have blocked it. Where can I find out why?

  • Comment number 24.

    Hi DDD. All the teams blogs are closed at the moment. I'm sure they will open again soon ☺☺

  • Comment number 25.

    Get well, soon Artem - many of us will miss you this coming Saturday. I'm sure Holly and Brendan will do you proud!

  • Comment number 26.

    Isn't Artem's back fractured? He said it was on ITT but then Zoey kept talking about a 'soft tissue injury'. They are very different - which is it? Because wouldn't that make a huge amount of difference as to whether or not he can continue?

  • Comment number 27.

    Why is Brendan taking over and not Matt Flint? He is more like Artem, and very popular.

  • Comment number 28.

    Because Brendan is one of the professional dancers and Matt Flint,much though I love him, is not. Also, Matt is small like Artem which was a mistake.

  • Comment number 29.

    Get well soon, Artem. At least we'll be able to see your choreography on Saturday.

    Can't wait.

  • Comment number 30.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery Artem. I hope you will be 'back' soon.

    Incidentally, I've tried to add a comment on Team Hali's blog and it says "This entry is now closed for comments". Do I detect some strictly saboteurs?

  • Comment number 31.

    I'll add that all the other team blogs are open except Hali.

  • Comment number 32.

    Get well, Artem. We love you.

  • Comment number 33.

    It was great to see Artem and Holly on ITT yesterday - It's obviously been upsetting for both of them. Artem has no option but to listen to medical advice - you obviously cannot mess about with a back problem of this nature. It's great that Artem has done the choreography for Saturday - he knows exactly what suits her and what doesn't. Hope this time of rest will do the trick and he will be back dancing very soon.

  • Comment number 34.

    Sorry to hear that Artem is still poorly. Get well soon and don't come back until you are fully 100% fit (even if it means missing another week of the show).

    Great news that Brendan is helping out by dancing with Holly this week (and he thought he'd be at home watching the show from the sofa)! Good luck to them for this Saturday.

  • Comment number 35.

    Get well soon Artem. Will miss you dancing on Saturday, but don't come back until you're fit again. Look forward to you returning, when you are better.

  • Comment number 36.

    I hope Artem is better soon but having listened to him saying that he has an inflamed nerve I fear he may be out longer than just the one week. I suffered an inflamed nerve / prolapse disc in my lower back just over 2 years ago and the specialist told me it would take about 3 months to heel. It took me slightly longer than that (4 months to be exact) before I suffered a recurrence back in April last year and because I wasn't treated properly this time round by the NHS I had to go private last autumn and although I am not completely better I am definetely over the worst of it.

    The fact that Artem didn't mention any disc problems does give him a bit of hope but (should Holly survive this week) I would be pleasantly suprised to see him return saturday week.

  • Comment number 37.

    I am so sorry to Hear that Artem wont be Dancing this week but at least Holly will be in the safe Hands of Brendan and even though I would love for Artem to Be dancing again next week I would love for him to Get His Back Better Without doing any More Damage.

    Get well soon Artem xxxx

  • Comment number 38.

    Good luck to holly and brendan hope you enjoy watching it artem get well soon

  • Comment number 39.

    Hi Artem- the best position in which to rest your back is to lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor; try lying on a duvet on the floor and not the bed and defo not the sofa. Then do the pelvic tilt and rock whilst lying in this position:trust me it will help, I am a back pain therapist. Good luck - you are a inspirational dancer and phenomenal choreographer and I'd LOVE to see you back!! Best of luck - Diksha (www.fixme.org.uk)

  • Comment number 40.

    Good luck Holly and Brendan !

    Wishing you all the best Artem and I hope you make a speedy recovery. Such a shame just when you were doing so well with Holly now. We will really miss you at the weekend ( although thank goodness you have such a fab replacement ) .

    Take care of yourself, hope Kara is looking after you well .

    x

  • Comment number 41.

    GET WELL SOON ARTEM!!
    hope you make a speedy recovery and hope the lovely kara tointon is looking after you well!
    COME ON HOLLY AND BRENDAN!!
    wishing you all the best in training!

    Xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Comment number 42.

    Why is Brendan taking over and not Matt Flint? He is more like Artem, and very popular.

    Brendan is a professional dancer and not matt Flint? who is this Matt Flint anyway?

  • Comment number 43.

    GET WELL SOON ARTEM!!!!! I hope Kara is taking care of you and you get well in time to dance at Wembly:)

  • Comment number 44.

    lostchachachamp@42 Matt Flint is a proffesional and won so you think you can dance last series and has now become assistant choreographer at strictly. i believe he can't take over because he already has work commitments choregraphing all the proffesional dances!

    GET WELL SOON ARTEM AND GOOD LUCK HOLLY AND BRENDAN!!

  • Comment number 45.

    It was so good to see Holly and Artem on ITT last night, but I can't believe that he could be paralyzed if he strained his back too much!!

  • Comment number 46.

    Artem i feel very sorry for you, i hope that your back gets better soon and that you will be back in the competition again. God bless you and most of all take good care of yourself.

  • Comment number 47.

    I am really glad that Artem found such a good replacement for until he gets better, but does anyone know how they chose which male proffessional should stand in

  • Comment number 48.

    lizzie2708@47 artem chose brendan to take over from him!!
    GET WELL SOON ARTEM!!

  • Comment number 49.

    Thanks for leaving me know who Matt Flint is, Kartemfan. I don't watch so you think you can dance and I thought that it was programme, that anyone and everyone could enter and there was no professional dancers involved in it. Any way thanks again. Kartemfan

  • Comment number 50.

     It must be sooooo hard for Artem to choreograph Holly's dancing when he cant dance with her, but hopefully he will be better in no time. But Artem NEEDS to rest. Don't over exert yourself Artem!!!!!! 

  • Comment number 51.

    Get well soon Artem mate, injuries do happen not only to the celebs but the pro dancers, you have the best nurse in the business that is Kara. Brendan gets eliminated last Sunday and makes a swift return with your girl Holly. Artem if you're worried and concerned about Holly don't she is in safe hands with Brendan and if you have spoken to her which you will have done when going over what your prepairing in the rehearsals and Holly's upset and worried then just say my friend Brendan is leading you to the dancefloor this weekend and if you survive I'll make that trip to Wembley

  • Comment number 52.

    Yes agree that in lots of ways Brendan is actually better suited to Holly than Artem -she is really too tall for Artem and wondering if this could have contributed to Artem's injury although of course I know that he's extremely strong. Hope you are fit asap and ready to continue but not before you are ready. Take Care and hope Kara is looking after Artemxx.

  • Comment number 53.

    I was surprised to read that rather than the BBC suggesting which professional should help Holly and Artem, it was Artem himself who asked Brendan. However it makes lots of sense for Artem to pick the person as he has to work closely with them. As the professionals all dance with each other Artem should know which current professional he can work best with. I am pleased Artem has chosen Brendan as Brendan was so unhappy at not being able to dance this Saturday.

    I too wish Artem well and he will be back to full fitness soon however I also hope he will not return to dancing before he is fully recovered as doing so might cause him further harm. From ITT tonight it doesn’t seem that Artem is doing that much resting because he is demonstrating his choreography.

    Maybe with two professional dancers, Holly can be less “laid back” as 2_Red_Shoes @ 9 said and she can be livelier as some of the judges wish. I however always find she dances very well; this might be because I don’t always recognise the need to sell the dance as much as the judges want..

  • Comment number 54.

    Hi Amalric. I am not too suprised as what Artem has done (asking Brendan to help out) as Brendan had a family bereavment whilst with the unpopular Michelle (Stevens was it - a singer anyway) last year and got Ian Waite to step in for the week whilst he returned to New Zealand.

    The difference here is that Artem is remaining involved by choreographing the routine in the hope of being back for Wembley. However as I said earlier an inflamed nerve takes more than a week ususally. Because my inflamed nerve / Prolapse disc wasn't treated properly initially upon it's recurrence I am still getting treatment on it and any side effects from it with a private physio who is also an SCD fan.

    I saw her today and she rightly said that these sort of things tend to settle down in 3s. If it hasn't settled down in 3 days or so you will have it for at least 3 weeks and if it hasn't settled down by the 3 week mark you could be talking 3 months. I know he wants to help Holly but as we saw in their training diary on thursday if he doesn't take it easy Artem could well run the risk of making the injury worse and rather than being out for a relatively short period of time it could be a long time which would therefore end his participation in this series

  • Comment number 55.

    Let's hope for a memorable Rumba from Holly and Brendan. Holly is one of the best dancers in SCS history and could go farther than winning the Glitterball - I wouldn't say that about many dancers. The Swan Lake number showed Holly's amazing capability. Artem is a good Russian boy who embraces ballet into his culture and Holly flowed with enthusiasm. I hope Artem gets better very soon. Holly can only do him proud by peforming a sizzling Rumba with Brendan. More to the point Holly should do herself proud - she is gold medal material. The competition is fierce but Holly can stand her ground and fight her corner. Artem dances with her as though she is a professional which is the best compliment anyone can pay their partner. MY favourite dance is the Cha Cha Cha and yours on SCD was sharp and strong. I have total faith in you. I hope the judges and public do as well.

  • Comment number 56.

    Brendan's Rumba's in the past have seen a wide variety of marks. The better the partner the higher the score has been. The best two marks being a 36 in series 1 with Natasha and a series 5 mark of 33 with Kelly Brooke. The lowest two has been, unsurprisingly, a 13 with Fiona Phillips in series 3 and a slightly better 18 with Jo Wood in series 7. Between that are marks of, and in numerical order, 21, 22, 24, 26 and 33.

    Will be interesting where Holly is placed in that spectrum. I think a 36 and even a score better than that which is the current high for Brendan in the Rumba, is on the current form of Holly perfectly attainable.
    Consistently in the 30's since week 2 I think, going on what certain people on It Takes Two like Ian this year and last year Len have told us viewers, her extensions, lines, flicks (like we saw with the Jive last week) heel leads and rise-and-fall's are at the least one of the best in this years competition. Going on what I have tried to observe and feel they are very good to me anyway.

    But as I always say what I know as much about dancing as I do about flying the USS Enterprise. More chance of me inventing a form of time travel than absorbing the technical aspect of dancing. I just go on my feeling in my heart.

  • Comment number 57.

    Correction: Where I list the 5 other marks the last mark is a 33. It is actually a 32.

    Just thought I would mention that.

  • Comment number 58.

    So sorry to hear about Artem hopefully he'll be back soon Good Luck!

  • Comment number 59.

    Just wanted to say that I hope Artem continues to improve he's had an awful week and hopefully they can get back to normal for Wembly. I supported Artem and Kara last year and agree that Artem is such an amazing dancer. It has been great of Brendan to step into the gap for as long as Holly and Artem need him to - the Rumba was a difficult dance to take over for but I'm sure with Artem supporting them everything is going to be fine. Holly seems quite relaxed about things. I am also supporting the Pasha and Chelsee and hoping that both these teams are going to do well this week.

  • Comment number 60.

    Wish you a speedy recovery Artem.

    No conspiracy re Team blogs - as far as I can see all are closed. Tried several imes today to comment on Holly and Artem's blog.

  • Comment number 61.

    patmil, I tried a few times: Holly and Artem's, Jason and Kristina's, Chelsee and Pasha's, Harry and Aliona's - the all are closed. Anyway, Good Luck to them for tonight!

  • Comment number 62.

    why are they all closed?!? we fans want to show our support!

  • Comment number 63.

    What is going on with the blogs this year? This is about the third time the team blogs have been closed for comments. There has been no apology or explanation. Come on BBC, please let us know whats going on.

  • Comment number 64.

    56 - SCDFanatic - What did Kara and Artem get for their Rumba last year? I thought that they had one of the best marks ever because they did it again in the final. She wore a beautiful pink dress the first time and a white one in the final but I can't remember the scores.

  • Comment number 65.

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  • Comment number 66.

    I think Brendan is a much better partner for Holly than Artem who is wonderful but simply too intense. I also think that the rumba tonight would have been better if Brendan had choreographed it. I think Artem's choreography is fabulous but works best with a more slender ethereal type of dancer which Holly is not. Having said that, he did a good job with the jive last week. What are the rules on injury - if Artem is to be out another week shouldn't it become Holly and Brendan with Brendan doing the choreography? Artem is a complete start but I honestly think he should now sit this series out and come back next time refreshed.

  • Comment number 67.

    i have spinal metal implants. my wife has long term spinal injuries. how does a dancer, a dancer, get all that treatment in ONE WEEK when we wait years! both of us have worked since 1971and still do. never had a hand out. justify a tv prog performer who turns up to DANCE/INSTRUCT with a spinal injury. My first MRI scan took six months to get. My wifes eight months. I have had THREE YEARS in hospital, yes THREE YEARS of pain. explain how Artem Chigvintsev deserves, special reatment.

    Jacqueline & Anthony B Dodsley
    Nottingham

  • Comment number 68.

    So sorry to read about your suffering 67. But I'm pretty sure you'll find that the BBC are paying for the treatment they sometimes need for their dancers. I suggest you write to them and ask them to make the position clear. I hope you make some progress soon.

  • Comment number 69.

    I so missed Artem dancing with Holly although he did the choreography he is really such an amazing dancer I think SCD is at a loss without him. Do hope Holly gets through and thank you Brendon for an excellent job but did not seem quite the same !!!! . Hope Artem is back next week if Holly gets through. Please get fit Artem xx

  • Comment number 70.

    I felt so sorry for poor Artem and hope he get's better soon. I am glad to see Brendan back and he did a wonderful job with Holly.

  • Comment number 71.

    Artem we love you! And the lovely Kara - hope you two can be reconciled. Holly is coming on but she is no Kara and is actually rather matronly...

  • Comment number 72.

    Hi, get well soon Artem. Hope to see you back dancing with Holly as soon as possible!! X

    Can someone tell me where is Tess's green sequin dress from its beautiful?
    Thank you

  • Comment number 73.

    Tess sheath: Buy three metres cheap green sequinned material available in most fabric shops. Put gathers in top and hem. Realise it looks awful and put belt round. Okay?

  • Comment number 74.

    Artem, I wish you speedy recovery and look forward to seeing you dancing with Holly. Go Hartem!!!!

  • Comment number 75.

    Well posted 67! You must be totally frustrated with all these "Get Well Artem" messages. From personal experience, no great believer in the NHS myself. But then he's probably recieving private treatment, not an option open to us all. Wish you both well.

  • Comment number 76.

    diffusa@71. i agree holly is lovely but shes not the same as the lovely kara it will be nice for them to spend some time together during strictly and artem needs kara looking after him with his bad back!
    WE LOVE YOU ARTEM!!
    GO HOLLY AND BRENDAN!
    AND LOOK AFTER HIM KARA!

  • Comment number 77.

    67- I agree that some times the nhs do things unfairly and are sorry to hear you have suffered as a result however we just wan't to show our support for team HAB !! we would all miss artem if he was gone!

  • Comment number 78.

    Just been watching Kara and artems VTS from last year and anton comments on his bad shoulder by saying
    " he's got to lift this little thing here, he gets a bad shoulder, you wanna swap how about we swap for a week then you can get a bad shoulder. bad shoulder, BAD BACK, hips will go, knees will start to creak!!"

    HOW WEIRD IS THAT IT'S ALMOST LIKE ANTONS PREDICTING THE FUTURE!!
    GO TEAM HAB!!

  • Comment number 79.

    It seemed strange watching Holly and Brendan dancing together and the three of them talking to Tess after the dance. I think if Artem is still not fit enough to carry on in next few days (and he still looked in pain on Saturday) then Brendan should take over completely from Artem and become Holly's full time partner for rest of series. Artem could take over once more, but his back could become a problem once more and they cannot keep changing partners! It would be so very sad to see Artem go, injuries happen with dancers all the time, but a back injury is particulary worrying. Holly could well reach the final where show dances are involved and lifts would be necessary of course..

  • Comment number 80.

    I really missed the pair dancing together last night - Artem is a class act.. Word of advice to Artem in relation to his jives in future. Because I LOVED Holly and Artem's jive I was watching it again on You Tube and decided to have a look at how he choreographed his jive with Kara. I noticed that Artems braces caused problems for him when dancing with Kara and of course Holly's own braces went awry. SO NO BRACES from now on Artem. xxx

  • Comment number 81.

    Hope Artem gets better soon, missed watching him dance xxxx

  • Comment number 82.

    Get well soon Artem we miss you x

  • Comment number 83.

    gutted that audley is out!!! will miss him loads!!!!

  • Comment number 84.

    When I was watching Holly's VTs for this week, I felt soooo sorry for Artem. He kept trying to dance and help Holly dance but then remembered that he couldn't!! But hopefully he will be better in time for Wembly. He looked in pain when he met Holly after her dance. 

  • Comment number 85.

    how can diffusa possibly say hat holly valance is matronly??
    also think her and brandon danced very well together and looked well suited to each other kind of hoping artem not back next week hes a great dancer but kind of get the feeling he doesnt want it to look to intimate so not to offend kara

  • Comment number 86.

    Does anyone know what Holly is dancing this week and who will be her partner?

  • Comment number 87.

    @ patmil - According to Holly's tweet a Quickstep. Not sure who with yet as this could be quite a demanding dance for someone with back problems.

  • Comment number 88.

    Mrs. Arcanum : Chelsee's footwork was not perfect on Saturday and that is why I felt she was overmarked and a favourite with the judges. Also she receives a lot of sympathy for the hours she works. Alex works for the One Show and surely some of the others work - maybe you know more than I do? Chelsee of course has one big advantage over most of the rest - she has age on her side (I think she is the youngest) and her limbs will be more flexible. Don't get me wrong, I do think that Chelsee is a good dancer.

    I actually found Len a little disconcerting on Saturday. In my opinion he undermarked Harry and Holly. They are both quite dignified and are not extrovert which probably does not suit Len.

  • Comment number 89.

    Mrs Arcanum : I see you have kindly replied to my question re the dance that Holly will be performing next week. I am not very computer literate and this is the only time I chat on line. I have no idea how to access Twitter and when someone says the results are out on the internet (before Sunday) I wonder how they find out!! How do you find out who is dancing what so early?

  • Comment number 90.

    @ patmil 89 - There is a site Digital Spy which is all based around TV etc which has a specific SCD forum. Can be a scary place for the novice as some threads & comments can be very harsh.

    I do know what you mean about Chelsee, however she only has around 12 hours training a week due to Waterloo Road filming schedules so does very well on so little time. Last week of Waterloo Road filming this week so should Chelsee still be in after Wembley they should have plenty of time to work on the footwork.

    Harry & Aliona were definitely the best dance of the night but the judges do seem to ignore his hands which I find somewhat distracting.

  • Comment number 91.

    I wish SCD could go on forever as it brings so much happiness and joy to everyone who watches and takes part. The celebraties this year seem to be so good and putting their all into each dance, that I would hate to separate them for the final. Maybe everyone should be a winner!!!!!

  • Comment number 92.

    Hope Artem recovers quickly. It must be confusing to Holly to swap dancers when she was only just relaxing with Artem.

    As for him getting treatment quicker than others. It is a little naive to expect equality of treatment, money always oils the wheels. Big fan of NHS. I do sympathsise with anyone suffering spinal injurys, i am all to aware of the misery and pain involved.

  • Comment number 93.

    Hi patmill. If you want to see the result, Digital spy forum on the spoiler thread.

  • Comment number 94.

    I wasn't surprised that Anita and Robin were in the bottom two this week. Whilst the performance was good, the footwork was quite poor in places.
    Obviously Anita is far better than Russel - and he is getting lots of votes - seems a bit unfair. I think people now need to start voting for the dancing first and performance second....

  • Comment number 95.

    StrictlyDawnie - I so agree with you - it looks as if we are fast reaching the point where one of the celebs who has followed the brief of learning to dance is gong to be leaving before Russell Grant does! What a shame! Maybe we can have two glitter balls, one for the Best Dancer and one for the Best Comedy Entertainer!

  • Comment number 96.

    @94,95 i agree with you guys 'the grant' is very good a entertaining but if he wins it would be unfair as he is not the best dancer.

    Is it me or does anyone else think its unfair jasons had dance training before he came on the show as an musical theatre actor?

  • Comment number 97.

    Realistically there are still some couples who for one reason or another have no chance of winning so Russell is not really keeping anyone's hands off the glitter ball yet!

 

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