Strictly Come Dancing denies mystery bug reports


Strictly Come Dancing bosses have denied reports that a mystery bug has struck down six of its professional dancers.

Brendan Cole will be missing from tonight's show with a lung infection but the rest of the dancers are fit to take part.

Cole missed rehearsals this week after being admitted to hospital with a bad cough.

His partner Anastacia will dance with Gorka Marquez instead.

"Brendan Cole is recovering from a lung infection and he has been advised to rest and will not be dancing this weekend as per doctor's orders," show bosses said in a statement.

"We wish Brendan a speedy recovery."

It was feared the New Zealander could have had a reoccurrence of the bout of pneumonia he suffered earlier this year.

But Cole told fans that wasn't the case.

"I'm still not 100 percent, although I do feel much better compared to how I felt earlier in the week.

"I am to continue resting for a couple more days in the hope I am fighting fit ready for Monday to gear up for next week's Halloween show, my favourite of the series.

"In some ways, it will be better for Anastacia to do what she has been learning and rehearsing all week with the lovely Gorka."

The pair will perform a quickstep to Frank Sinatra's My Kind Of Town.

Katya Jones, who partners Ed Balls, was another dancer rumoured to be missing tonight's show through illness.

But she is said to be "on the mend" after losing her voice.

The pair, who last week scored a series low of 16, will dance the American Smooth to Is This The Way To Amarillo? by Tony Christie.

Meanwhile last week's leading duo, sports presenter Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton will be dancing the Waltz to I Will Always Love You.

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