Judi Love puts Strictly return in doubt after ‘rough couple of days’ with Covid

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Judi Love has sparked concerns over her return to Strictly Come Dancing this weekend after admitting she is still battling Covid-19.

The Loose Women panellist was missing from the line-up of last weekends show after she tested positive for the virus.

Judi, 41, risks losing her place in the competition alongside professional dance partner Graziano Di Prima if she can't get well enough to perform on Saturday.

Judi shared an update with her fans on Instagram where she was seen still bed-ridden with the disease as she battles to be well enough to train for her performance for the Halloween-themed week.

The popular TV star admitted in the video clip that she was grateful for the time she had already spent training for Strictly as she felt it had helped her handle the illness better.

She told her followers: "I don't even know what day it is. Some kind of motivation day.

"I just want to say to you guys, Rona is real. I give thanks that I was doing little exercise and dancing thing. I feel like I'm handling it much better than I would have had if I hadn't been doing little exercise and a little sweat.

The comedienne also admitted she had tried traditional methods to fend off Covid, using "all the West Indian recipes and remedies" in an attempt to shake it off.

She continued: "You can hear from my voice, I have done all the West Indian recipes and remedies, for those who are West Indian, especially Jamaicans. You know what I'm talking about. I eat the garlic, onion, the turmeric, the honey – the expensive one, the Manuka one – the ginger, the lime, the lemon, the rum.

"I've had all kind of soup – chicken foot soup, lamb neck soup, red peas, and my voice is still like this and then Rona will then turn round to you and say to you, 'You know what, on top of that bredrin, I'm not going to make you able to smell or taste.

"I mean, I can't even smell myself and I know some of you need to smell yourself. I just want to say to you, I'm here.

Judi then explained she was having a "rough couple of days" and had been reminded that she needs to "get her health in order".

She said: "It's been a rough couple of days and it's really about for you to get your health in order. Health is wealth, and I'm not just talking about catching that cheque. I just mean having that health so you can live at your optimum.

"You can continue creating memories, having life experience, spending time with loved ones as long as possible because Rona… Rona has me locked up in here like I'm the woman from Orange is the New Black!"

She then admitted feeling exhausted and that she is sleeping constantly as she joked about the virus with her fans.

She added: "Rona has got me sleeping out here like someone with no ambition! Rona has got me here standing at the window, waving like a black kid that wants to play on a Sunday and her mum says, 'You're mad!' That's what Rona is doing to me!

"I mean, Rona has got you coughing so hard you're begging for a sponsorship from Tena Ladies!"

She also reminded her followers that it's important to spend time with your family and friends because you never know what life has in store.

She said: "Rona will take you away from your family and you miss them even though you're in the yard with them. And I mean, some of you are living that life anyway, some of you are locked down in your room, in your laptop, in your phone to the point where you forget you've got family next door.

"Spend time with them because Rona won't miss that opportunity. I mean, Rona is acting like a player. Rona is going from that body to this body, making you think that it's not going to everybody but really it's spreading about in everybody and you're not the only one!

"Rona is out here like a Tyrone. Like I said, look after yourself. Not just because of Rona but just in general. Your health is your wealth."

She added: "I just want to say thank you for all your well wishes. Love you."

Judi is the second celebrity from this year's Strictly to miss a performance due to catching Covid-19 after McFly star Tom Fletcher and his partner Amy Dowden tested positive in week two.

While the rules have changed this year to allow the contestants to miss a week if they do fall ill or get injured – if they miss a second week they will be disqualified from the contest.

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 7.10 pm on BBC One.

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