Shirley Ballas makes triumphant return to 'Strictly' just days after surgery


Strictly Come Dancing’s head judge Shirley Ballas has returned to work on the show while recovering from a breast op just days earlier.

The dance expert underwent a four-hour operation to remove her breast implants on Tuesday in a bid to reduce her cancer risk after a number of diagnoses in her family.

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She chose to have the surgery after finding out that implants could make cancer more difficult to detect on a mammogram, but was determined not to let it rule her out of any Strictly duties.

Ballas made a brave return to the dancefloor on Saturday night in a sleek tux, and the only difference viewers could see was that she didn’t take part in her usual judges’ introduction twirl with Bruno Tonioli.

She had previously told The Sun: “I won’t be able to dance with Bruno like usual. But I think everyone will understand.

“I’ll be on a limited amount of medication because I don’t want to be twirling too high now, do I?”

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Ballas wasn’t the only one facing tricky health issues this week, as Will Bayley, who announced earlier this week that he was quitting the competition due to injury, was in the audience cheering on his co-stars.

Sitting with his knee strapped up, he told host Tess Daly that he wouldn’t let the injury, which he sustained after an awkward landing in training last week, hold him back from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

The table tennis player said: “I’ll be there for Tokyo I want to try and win that Gold medal again.”

He added: “If there was any way I could dance, I promise you I’d be out there and giving it my best shot, but it really is impossible for me.”

Pro dancer Neil Jones was also still out with a grade one calf strain, but at least this week his stand-in Kevin Clifton had had the full week to rehearse with Alex Scott rather than 45 minutes.

Clifton helped Scott to her second highest score of 31 points as Craig Revel Horwood told them: “I felt we saw you for the first time tonight and I have to say, this accidental partnership is working wonders.”

Strictly Come Dancing returns for the results show on Sunday at 7.15pm on BBC One.