Strictly week nine backstage preview: babies, body breakdowns and motion sickness

The celebrities are suffering post-Blackpool as they prepare gruelling routines for Saturday night's live show

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Phew, what a trip to Blackpool that was, eh? Our bronzed celebrities really upped their game last weekend, Tangoing, Foxtrotting and Waltzing their little sequinned hearts out to impress our formidable judges. 

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And impress them they did, with Frankie Bridge bagging Len’s first 10 and Simon and Pixie scoring the highest marks of the series so far. 

The bright lights of Blackpool are merely a memory now, though. Back in London, it’s another week and that means the celebrities have another dance to get to grips with… 

In fact, Steve is “ever so slightly terrified” about his week nine routine.

Get the man some ice. Quick!

While Frankie is suffering from a little spinning sickness… 

Not that she’s been getting much attention from her professional. Kevin has been a tiny bit distracted… 

Look who came to visit in rehearsals today! Think Parkers found a new best friend… @keviclifton

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Meanwhile, Jake Wood’s been distracting Janette too, with a tour of Albert Square…

And Mark Wright’s been on different kind of TV set, filming a new series of Take Me Out: The Gossip.

Away from the cameras, Caroline Flack’s been enjoying some down time watching football. But she just can’t stop dreaming of sparkly Strictly shoes and sequin-covered dresses… 

And Pixie is feeling the absence of Judy Murray, who was voted out of the competition on Sunday night.

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Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 7:00pm on BBC1