Artem Chingvintsev to quit Strictly?

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 8 November 2011
Artem Chingvintsev

Artem Chingvintsev

Artem Chingvintsev may be forced to quit 'Strictly Come Dancing' after fracturing a bone in his spine while rehearsing for the BBC One show with partner Holly Valance last week

Artem Chingvintsev may be forced to quit 'Strictly Come Dancing' after fracturing a bone in his spine.

The professional dancer - who is partnered alongside Holly Valance in this year's series - sustained the injury during rehearsals for the BBC One show last week, but then went on to bag the second-highest score of the evening on Saturday (05.11.11) for his energetic jive with the former 'Neighbours' actress.

However, it is thought performing at the weekend may have exacerbated the 29-year-old hunk's condition, meaning fellow professional Brendan Cole - who was eliminated from the show with partner Lulu on Sunday (06.11.11) - may now have to step in to complete the competition with Holly.

An insider told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Artem is in a really bad way and shouldn't have danced at the weekend, but he didn't want to let Holly down.

"He has now had the injury checked out and it is a fracture in his back. He is going to need lots of physio and then the doctors and Artem will decide if he can come back.

"The last thing he wants to do is make the pain worse. Brendan could get a second chance to win this year."

'Strictly's bosses will now be monitoring his progress closely, but have been advised Artem - who is dating last year's partner Kara Tointon - won't suffer long-term injuries if he continues to dance.

A spokesperson said: "Artem injured himself during rehearsals on Friday. Following medical attention he has been diagnosed with a transverse process fracture of the lumbar spine.

"We have been told that this sort of fracture is completely stable and he has been advised that there is no untoward effect from him continuing to dance. We will of course, continue to review this following medical advice throughout the week."

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