Star performer Frankie Bridge has reluctantly had to step down from performing in the 2015 Strictly Come Dancing UK tour - coming to Capital FM Arena Nottingham on January 20-21 on the advice of her doctor.
The Saturdays star is pregnant with her second child, but has a condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum, which can effect the early months of pregnancy.
Frankie, married to former England footballer Wayne Bridge, has sent this message to her fans and supporters: “Wayne and I are delighted to announce that we are expecting our second baby. Although this is such an incredible time for us as a family, due to health reasons I am sadly unable to go on the Strictly tour as planned. I’m devastated that I’m missing out, as I loved Strictly so much and was so looking forward to joining everyone again in all those fabulous arenas. Thanks for the warm messages I’ve a ready received, they are really appreciated.”
A spokesperson for Stage Entertainment and Phil McIntyre Entertainments, producers of the Strictly tour, said: “On behalf of the whole cast and crew, we send Frankie our love and very best wishes - we will miss her.”
Appearing on the tour already are a number of big names from the recently completed series,including 2014 Strictly champion Caroline Flack, fellow finalists Simon Webbe and Mark Wright, together with Scott Mills, Alison Hammond and Thom Evans. The new judging panel features the 2008 Strictly winners Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup, who join TV judge Craig Revel Horwood. Zoe Ball completes the line-up as host.