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Strictly Come Dancing contestant Kym Marsh was forced to pull out of this weekend's performance due to testing positive for COVID-19 after a successful Blackpool special. Now, Strictly bosses are allegedly in panic as seven more members of the crew have been struck down with the virus.
In a statement, a Strictly spokesperson said: "Kym Marsh has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, Kym and Graziano [Di Prima] will not be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this weekend.
"Strictly Come Dancing protocols mean that all being well, they will return the following week."
The couple were due to perform their couples' choice dance to Chaka Khan's I Feel For You.
Now, it has been claimed that seven more have been taken ill with the virus, following Kym's positive result.
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A source claimed to The Sun that bosses have had to pull out all the stops to ensure that they keep the production on schedule.
They said it was hoped that a “normal service can resume” next week and added: “Obviously it’s a real blow to have Kym knocked out this week.
"And then the crew members started falling sick too. The bosses have been praying all week no one else tests positive.
"While the celebrities and dancers are the main focus, losing members of the production crew also has the potential to cause huge problems.
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Graziano posted online that they would be back stronger than ever
“Strictly runs as a well-oiled machine, but is able to do that because of the crew, who have to be on their A-game for pretty much the whole series.”
Express.co.uk contacted the BBC for a comment, where a spokesperson explained: "The health and well-being of everyone involved in Strictly is production’s absolute priority, with production in constant contact with all departments in case of any health concerns.
"Strictly Come Dancing has its own COVID protocols in place and continues to monitor government guidelines."
During last night's show, hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman wished Kym well as they mentioned her recent bout with Covid.
Presenter Tess Daly explained: "Now Kym and Graziano are not with us tonight as Kym has tested positive for Covid and is resting at home.
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"And all being well, she and Graziano will be back to dance again next week."
Claudia Winkleman added: "Kym, we know you're watching, everybody in here, we're wishing you so much, love."
Kym's positive Covid result came just a week after the Morning Live presenter nearly quit the show after suffering a crippling panic attack.
She told The Sun: "It just came over me, almost out of nowhere, and I couldn't carry on."
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The former Hear’Say singer has remained silent since, but Graziano promised online: “We will be back, stronger than before.”
Before her absence from the competition on Saturday night, Kym's odds of being the next to be eliminated from the show stood at 4/1 according to bookmakers Ladbrokes.
Hamza Yassin stands as the firm favourite to take home the Glitterball Trophy with odds of 3/10, followed closely by Helen Skelton at 7/2.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "It's no surprise to see Hamza Yassin continue to head the betting, given the interest we've seen in him from punters... but if anyone is going to challenge him for the Glitterball Trophy, it'll be Helen Skelton."
Strictly Come Dancing airs Saturday from 7:15pm on BBC One, followed by the results on Sunday.