RUTH Langsford put her best foot forward and ignored her painful hamstring injury to impress the judges with her Charleston dance on tonight’s Strictly Come Dancing.
The This Morning star left fans worried she may have to bow out of tonight’s show after a last minute injury yesterday meant she was unable to complete rehearsals.
However, after a day of rest in bed and after voicing her own concerns about whether or not she would be able to perform online, the star beat the odds and joined Anton du Beke on the dancefloor.
With husband Eamonn Holmes sitting proudly in the audience, Ruth persevered and ended up earning herself a score of 20 for her dance to The Charleston by Bob Wilson and his Varsity Rhythm Boys.
Ruth revealed yesterday that her accident came as she was walking herself through her routine at Elstree studios.
Posting a video online from her bed, she said: “Just before I went down I was in my dressing room, I said: ‘I’ll just familiarise my steps and make sure I know the routine and I kicked my leg out and I’ve pulled a hamstring.”
The show’s physio advised Ruth against further rehearsal, instead telling her to ice the injury in the hope she’d get better for tomorrow’s performance.
Pointing to her leg, Ruth told fans: “So here under there is an ice pack wrapped in a tea towel.
“Then I’ve got to have a hot bath, then I’ve got to ice it again, take ibuprofen and she’s said it’s pretty sure it will be okay tomorrow.”
She fretted: “I’ve had no rehearsal. I’m more worried about no rehearsal than I am about my hamstring which is stupid I know.
“Wish me luck – operation get hamstring better begins now!”
Charlestons always go down well on the BBC show but it’s a high-octane style of dance that no one should attempt with a poorly leg.
Thankfully, the star was able to recover, and just before the show began she proved she was still in high spirits as she posted a video of herself from her make up chair playing with her wig with some of the production team.
This week will see a celebrity leave the BBC contest for the first time, and with her dance was able to pull herself away from the bottom two after landing at the bottom of the leaderboard last week.
Viewers will find out tomorrow night’s show if she’s done enough to make it through to next week.
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