Injured Strictly champ returns tonight in Sheffield

Strictly Come Dancing champ Abbey Clancy
Strictly Come Dancing champ Abbey Clancy
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Strictly Come Dancing champ Abbey Clancy will perform on the live tour this evening despite limping off with an injury last night at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena.

The recent TV series winner was unable to continue and missed the second half.

But promoters this afternoon confirmed she is fit and well enough to step out again for the second and final date at the venue tonight.

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Fans were treated to a night of high drama - all about two dances that never were, writes Ann Charlton.

Abbey and her professional partner, Slovenian Aljaz Skorjanec, performed their Quickstep from this year’s final during the first half but she appeared to limp as the couple made their way over to host and former Strictly star Lisa Riley.

During the interval it was announced that Clancy was injured and wouldn’t be dancing her second dance of the night although newsreader Susanna Reid later announced that the model and wife of Premier League striker Peter Crouch would be back for the second show at the Arena.

But if some fans were left disappointed, Corrie’s Natalie Gumede and this year’s runner-up let the audience see a jive that millions of TV viewers never got to see in week seven of this year’s series when she was forced to pull out of the Saturday night show after fainting during rehearsals.

It was clearly more fab-u-lous than dance disaaaaaster with judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood awarding her perfect tens.

The live show delivered everything fans of the series have come to expect. Only Mark Benton’s shiny gold MC Hammer jacket managed to outdazzle the sequins and Artem’s teeth. Double entendres come thick and fast from Bruno and in the midst of Len’s cheeky patter he revealed that he was a regular visitor to Connie Grant’s legendary Sheffield dance school when he was younger.

But for Gumede the evening proved to be a re-run of this year’s final when she was beaten into second place, only this time it was Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton from Grimsby who were crowned king and queen of the glitter ball following the audience vote.

Their passionate pasa doble was a hit in Blackpool and brought a touch of Seville to a chilly Sheffield night.

But it was when the pair announced that the city was as good as being on home ground since this was the closest the tour would be going to Grimsby you know they had it in the bag.

* A few tickets are availabvle for tonight, priced £35 to £65, may include booking fees. Buy online at www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk, call 0114 256 5656 or in person at the Arean box office. Also see The Star’s entertainments listings site, for this and thousands of other things to do, at www.wow247.co.uk.