Strictly Come Dancing fans were left devastated last week when contestant Jaime Laing announced he was pulling out of the dance competition due to an injury.
The Made In Chelsea cast member suffered a ligament tear during the first group dance of the series and after seeking advice from four health care professionals, he was told it would take eight weeks until he was able to walk on his foot again, unsupported.
Therefore, Jamie and show bosses decided his Strictly journey was over and during an appearance on ITV’s This Morning earlier today, Jamie told presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby about the exact moment it happened and what his professional dance partner Oti Mabuse told him.
Last Saturday night, Strictly kicked off the 2019 series with the launch show and BBC One viewers tuned in to see the fifteen celebrity contestants each partnered up with a professional dancer, but before this occurred, everyone took to the dance floor for the first time.
I cried, I just wanted to dance.
Jamie to Phillip and Holly.
This Morning showed a clip to their viewers from the routine and Jamie pinpointed the exact moment he injured himself.
“If you know during this he’s hurt himself, it becomes a little more apparent,” Phillip said. “This is the performance.”
“As I did the first dance, as I kicked off, I felt a pop and a searing pain in my foot,” Jamie voiced over the clip.
“Basically what happened is, you have something called the plantar fascia, it’s the big muscle in your foot and I have something called plantar fasciitis, which I had anyway [before Strictly training] from doing sport, but it went away.
“The ligament then got inflamed, it cooled down, we were fine. I did all the training, it was the most exciting thing in the world, I honestly thought I was Billy Elliot, I just wanted to dance,” he told the presenters.
“Came to the day, it hurt a little bit but we warmed up and as I jumped up and slide at the beginning of the dance, I slide into the wonderful Oti who I find was my partner, and as I popped up into the air like a jack in the box, it felt like someone had hit me on the back of the foot with a belt. There was a popping in my foot, it’s like stepping on glass.
“I grabbed Oti and said: ‘Oti something’s happened, something’s happened in my foot,’ and she just went: ‘Dance!’
“Those dancers go through pains and struggles all the time, the show must go on,” Jamie defended. “Being British you just smile and go through the entire thing.
Holly added: “When you watch it back and know, it’s quite obvious you were in pain.”
Jaime went onto reveal the “upset” he felt when the decision was made for him not to take part in the show any further.
“When you’re in a show like that, you make friends with everyone and you find out who your partner is, you’re really in it, it becomes a bubble,” he said.
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“How did you feel when you were told that then you went home?” Phillip probed.
“Oh, I cried. I cried, honestly, I just wanted to dance!” Jamie stated frankly. “I said to everyone, ‘it’s a dancing show why am I getting so upset about it!’”
Strictly announced Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher would be taking Jamie’s place on the show and he will be seen for the first time on the dance floor with Oti in a couple of weeks during the show’s first live episode.
Jamie reached out to Kelvin and offered him his best wishes on Twitter: “Good luck @kelvin_fletcher!! @bbcstrictly.”
Strictly Come Dancing returns Saturday 21 on BBC One.
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