'Stomach bug' threatens to derail Strictly Come Dancing tour

The Strictly Come Dancing Tour is under threat  after a bug has floored many of the celebrity dancers, it has emerged.

Four dancers pulled out of the Manchester leg of the 45-date tour  - which kicked off a week ago leaving the weekend's show in disarray.

Strictly celebrities Jodie Kidd and Cherie Lunghi were unable to perform at the weekend.

While 2004 winner Jill Halfpenny and ex-rugby star Kenny Logan were sick on Friday.

Jodie Kidd and Ian Waite

No show: Former model Jodie Kidd with partner Ian Waite was a no-show after Strictly Come Dancing stars were hit by a bug on the weekend

A show source said: 'There were a number of dancers struck down with illness on Friday night but the show went ahead.

'It's that time of year, people are getting ill and there's not much that can be done so we're battling on.'

The stars are thought to have been struck down with the winter vomiting bug, which can lay sufferers low for as long a week.

Professional dancers Ola Jordan and Lilia Kopylova were also affected but struggled through their routines.

Cherie Lunghi in Strictly Come Dancing with James Jordan

Cherie Lunghi was also hit by the mystery bug and pulled out of Saturday's show

Backstage staff have also been hit as the outbreak quickly spread.

As a result most of the routines had to be re-arranged at the last minute as at least four dancers pulled out.

Professional dancer Camilla Dallerup, who won the BBC1 show with celebrity partner Tom Chambers told a source: 'Everyone's worried they might get it. We're just praying everyone gets better.'

And a  source told The Mirror: 'Everyone pulled together to get through the weekend - but it was tough.'

Insiders say some of the celebrities have been shocked at how gruelling the schedule is of the tour which kicked off 10 days ago, and includes two shows a day at weekends.

Jill Halfpenny and Darren Bennett

Laid low: Jill Halfpenny and partner Darren Bennett the 2004 champ was sick on Friday, along with ex-rugby star Kenny Logan

The source added: 'No one wants to let the fans down but some of the dancers couldn't even get out of bed, let alone do a complicated routine.

'Everyone is terrified about getting ill and tour bosses are jittery to say the least.

'A lot of the celebrities aren't socialising for fear of catching something. Jodie was gutted that she couldn't perform but everyone has been really understanding.'

A tour spokesman said last night everyone was well again and the tour was not under threat.

The Live Tour kicked off 10 days ago in Newcastle and runs to February 22, taking in Glasgow, Liverpool, Nottingham, London and Birmingham.

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