Frankie Bridge has reluctantly had to step down from performing in the 2015 Strictly Come Dancing UK tour, on the advice of her Doctor.
The Saturday’s star is pregnant with her second child, but has a condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum, which can affect the early months of pregnancy.
Frankie has sent this message to her fans and supporters: “Wayne and I are delighted to announce that we are expecting our second baby. It is very early days, but we couldn’t be happier and Parker will make a wonderful big brother. 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 already received, they are really appreciated.”
A spokesperson for Stage Entertainment and Phil McIntyre Entertainments, producers of the Strictly tour, said: “We completely respect Frankie’s decision, a safe pregnancy is the priority. On behalf of the whole cast and crew, we send Frankie our love and very best wishes - we will miss her.”
The producers will announce the name of a new celebrity performing in the arena tour tomorrow, Friday 9 January. They will join 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 fab-u-lous line-up as host.
The Strictly tour opens with the first of 31 performances at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham on Friday 16 January. The show will then visit some of the biggest entertainment venues across the UK: The Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, Leeds’ First Direct Arena, Manchester Arena, the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena, The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Liverpool’s Echo Arena, The SSE Arena in Wembley, before culminating at London’s O2 Arena on 8 February.