Strictly’s Artem ‘Fractures’ Spine!

Holly Vallance has narrowly avoided having to “Kiss Kissâ€? goodbye her chances of winning Strictly Come Dancing after last weekend’s dancefloor escapades left partner Artem Chigvintsev with a “transverse process fracture of the lumbar spine.â€?

AKA: a bad back.

But thankfully, Brendan Cole flew down from his perch up in heaven to save the day and the New Zealander will be stepping into Chigvintsev’s nimble shoes on Saturday night.

A Strictly spokesperson said: “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. Brendan Cole will partner Holly in the live show.”