Russell Grant won't quit Strictly

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 October 2011
Russell Grant

Russell Grant

Russell Grant would rather die on the dancefloor than quit 'Strictly Come Dancing' even though he has to have an operation on his injured knee tomorrow (30.10.11)

Russell Grant would rather die on the dancefloor than quit 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The astrologer has torn a cartilage in his knee but he has vowed that won't stop him from performing on the BBC One show and he and partner Flavia Cacace will still do their samba routine tonight (29.10.11).

Russell - who will have an operation on his knee tomorrow (30.10.11) - told The Sun newspaper: "I'd rather samba myself to death and collapse on the dance floor than pull out!

"My fans expect nothing less. I can't go out with a whimper now. I just love doing 'Strictly' more than anything I've ever done before. It is extraordinary the amount of love this has brought out in people."

Russell, 60, collapsed before last week's show after his knee gave way and he admits he initially feared the injury would be permanent.

He said: "They thought it was internal bleeding, so you do worry. I could have injured myself for the rest of my life.

"I did feel it was over for me but I pushed it out of my mind. I've been clutching my crystals and rubbing them over my knee. If I don't have the operation now it could get worse. But I'd rather be voted out by the public than let something like this finish it for me. Samba's the most fabulous dance, but my biggest danger is having so much bounce in me. I just love it - I could dance forever!"

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