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Injury forces Artem out of show

Friday November 11th 2011

A painful back injury has forced Artem Chigvintsev out of Saturday's Strictly Come Dancing show.

BBC bosses have said the Russian professional dancer will not be able to dance with his partner Holly Valance this week.

Although detailed scans by a specialist revealed that the damage caused last Friday while rehearsing for the BBC1 programme may not be as bad as initially feared, the star will have to rest at the weekend.

Brendan Cole, who was axed last week, will now partner Valance for the weekend's show.

A BBC spokesman said the dancer did not fracture his spine but suffered joint and soft tissue damage.

The representative added: "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 this Saturday's show."

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