Strictly Come Dancing’s Kym Marsh pulls out of live show

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Strictly's Kym Marsh pulls out of live showBBC

Strictly Come Dancing star Kym Marsh has pulled out of this Saturday’s live show.

The former Coronation Street star has tested positive for Covid-19 so is unable to take part, with the BBC confirming she will be absent from the live show on November 26.

"Kym Marsh has tested positive for Covid-19," a statement from the BBC show said. "As a result, Kym and Graziano [Di Prima] will not be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this weekend."

The couple will be allowed to return to the competition on December 3, though. "Strictly Come Dancing protocols mean that all being well, they will return the following week," the statement continued.

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Kym recently impressed the judges at Blackpool Week when her and Graziano took on a dramatic Pasodoble to a Rihanna mashup. The routine earned them three eight's and a nine, and they avoided a spot in the dance off.

Kym has been open about her struggle with her Strictly journey so far. She previously spoke about an anxiety attack that brought rehearsals to a standstill, and made her consider quitting the show.

"It just came over me, almost out of nowhere, and I couldn't carry on," she told The Sun earlier this month.

"I've always suffered from panic attacks. It's something I don't mind talking about because I know it can affect anyone at any time. Sometimes it has been ages [since an attack] and then suddenly one just hits.

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"Everyone thinks that because you're on the telly you must be amazingly confident, but the truth is that I'm not always and this is how that comes out," she explained.

"I don't know exactly what caused it, I think I'd had some harsh comments from the judges the week before, I've been working other jobs at the same time too, so it's tiring, and I just lost my confidence completely. I went to pieces and said 'I don't think I can do this'."

She added that she was unsure at that point if she could even continue on in the competition. "I've had therapy for anxiety and tried things like that but it can still just creep up, usually just when you could most do without it," she shared.

Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturdays and Sundays on BBC One, while spin-off show Strictly: It Takes Two airs on weeknights on BBC Two. Both shows also stream on BBC iPlayer.

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If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov.

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