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Strictly’s Shirley Ballas was bedbound during horrific battle with Covid: ‘I didn’t know my own name’

Shirley Ballas recalled her ordeal (Picture: ITV)

Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas has revealed the extent of her horrific battle with Covid-19, saying she was bedbound and didn’t know her own name at points.

The pro dancer has been open about the ordeal she went through and has since recovered – although she explained that now she’s being tested for Long Covid.

Long Covid, also known as post-Covid-19 syndrome, is when people experience symptoms that last weeks or months after they contracted the virus.

‘Although I didn’t have to go to hospital, I was in bed for two weeks and I didn’t know my own name,’ Shirley recalled.

‘It was scary for a while. I couldn’t get my act together, and that is not like me. I’m usually up at seven in the morning, going here and there.’

The 60-year-old added to The Sun: ‘I’m in the middle of having some tests for [Long Covid], because there are now some other issues that have occurred.’

Shirley judges alongside Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, and Bruno Tonioli (Picture: BBC)

Shirley contracted coronavirus after getting her first vaccination. However, after she recovered, she was able to get her second and is encouraging others to go to their appointments when invited.

While many TV shows were cancelled last year amid the pandemic, Strictly was still able to air by keeping to strict restrictions throughout filming.

Although the last series was shortened, Shirley confirmed earlier this year that the BBC is doing their best to ensure the 2021 series will include the full 13 episodes.

Shirley is hopeful that Strictly will have a full run this year (Picture: BBC)

Speaking to a fan on celebrity messaging app Cameo, according to The Sun, she revealed: ‘Just a little something: I heard they’re trying to do all 13 episodes this year.

‘Last time we had nine. We’re trying to get 13 shows on. I think they’re getting used to the Covid thing.’

Nicola Adams and Katya Jones had to leave the show early due to the pro dancer contracting Covid-19, but it’s thought that this year’s series will welcome more same-sex couples.

‘Bosses are still looking at all the options but given the positive feedback from last year, they’re seriously considering having two same-sex couples, one male and one female,’ an insider said.

They added to The Sun: ‘The show has to move forward and viewers loved last year’s series.’

Credit: Original article published here.

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