Strictly 2012 backstage gossip: Could the curse of the stand-in dancer strike again?

Denise thinks James Jordan's ankle injury could mean the end for their Strictly dreams


THE GOSSIP: With James Jordan unable to rehearse this week after injuring his ankle last Saturday, Denise is worried. She has been practising with stand-in dancer Ian Waite, but it’s not the same – and although Denise danced her way to the top of the leader board on Saturday, having to practise with a stand-in has not ended well for past-Strictly contestants Johnny Ball and Sid Owen… 


A “SOURCE” SAYS: “No one realised how bad James’ ankle was until after Saturday’s show. He can barely walk let alone dance. Ian is a great dancer and James is directing them — but it’s not the same. Denise and James have all you need to win Strictly — except luck.” (The Sun)


RADIOTIMES.COM VERDICT: 2/5. There is no denying that having to switch partners is a stressful business, but we are sure Strictly’s star performer will be able to please the judges nevertheless. We predict that Denise will be in the competition for a while yet…