Strictly Come Dancing | Defending Champion out of the show for this week
It’s been a painful week for Strictly professional dancer Artem Chigvintsev. Last Friday during camera blocking for Saturday’s live show, Artem injured his back and, at that time, his injury was thought to be a sprained muscle.
His celebrity partner rehearsed alone (briefly accompanied by Bruce Forsyth) while Chigvintsev went to hospital for further tests. He was told not to dance.
As you know, on the live show he performed a slightly modified routine with Valance, replacing the section where he would have jumped over her and rolled on the floor, as this was the choreography responsible for the fracture. But he was in considerable pain.
Dancers can work through tremendous pain because of the ‘adrenaline effect’ which effectively masks the pain while they are dancing. On top of this Chigvintsev, as with any other dancer, did not want to let his partner down. And Strictly is a competition which Chigvintsev won last year.
That said, he has taken the decision to rest for a week – he can’t move much anyway – and give the injury a chance to heal. He is choreographing this week’s routine, the Rhumba, which Valance will dance with Brendan Cole. It’s difficult for all of them : Chigvintsev can’t test the moves on Valance to see whether they feel right, since he can’t move enough, and Valance has to adjust to another new male pro dancer in a week. Cole was voted out last week.
Initial diagnosis was a transverse process fracture of the lumbar spine, but later scans have revealed that a combination of joint and soft tissue injuries are the cause of his pain. This latest diagnosis is better news for Chigvintsev and he may still have a chance to defend the Strictly Glitterball.
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