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Shirley Ballas: Strictly judge couldn’t remember her own name during ‘scary’ Covid battle

Shirley Ballas visits hospital due to shoulder and arm injury

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Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas has revealed the true extent of her battle with coronavirus that left her bedridden. The professional dancer has previously shared that it took her over six weeks to recover from the virus.

I was in bed for two weeks and I didn’t know my own name

Shirley Ballas

Shirley, 60, was left completely overwhelmed after having her vaccination earlier this year, admitting that her dog didn’t leave her side.

The Wallasey-born dancer contracted the virus in March, shortly after receiving her first vaccination.

However, she has now revealed that she is awaiting tests to discover whether she has long Covid after suffering from “other issues” since contracting the virus.

In a new interview, Shirley has explained that she didn’t know her own name during the height of her illness.

Shirley was with her boyfriend, Danny Taylor, when the pair were struck down by the virus that has so far taken over 100,000 lives in the United Kingdom alone.

“We both got Covid and were both poorly and we’ve both had ­after- effects, from tiredness to certain lumps and bumps, and we’re dealing with that,” she said.

She went on to tell The Sun: “Although I didn’t have to go to hospital, I was in bed for two weeks and I didn’t know my own name, 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 so it was quite an experience and it has left that tiring effect.”

The ballroom dancer claims that she was struck down shortly after receiving her first vaccination which “definitely helped” her symptoms.

She has now received her second vaccination but is still suffering from some of her original symptoms.

However, despite the uncertainty surrounding her health, Shirley remains optimistic as she looks towards the upcoming series of Strictly Come Dancing.

The 19th series is expected to run in full after last year’s show was shortened and saw a limited number of couples competing due to coronavirus restrictions.

Strictly fans were left devastated when it was announced that last year’s series wouldn’t feature the show’s iconic Blackpool Tower week.

However, Shirley has hinted that the show could return to the world-famous ballroom for the competition.

While the line-up is yet to be announced, she hinted that some of the cast are “fantastic”.

The dancer also praised former professional dancer, Janette Manrara, who announced she will be fronting Strictly: It Takes Two following the departure of Zoe Ball.

Speaking about her exciting news on The One Show and her departure from Strictly, Janette said: “One of my favourite parts of doing Strictly has always been to sit down on that couch and just chat away. it’s the most fun,

“I remember meeting Zoe, gosh that was eight years ago now when I did the first It Takes Two sit-down.”

She continued: “[I was] thinking, ‘This is the coolest job ever, you get to sit down, talk about dancing, make people feel good and celebrate their successes on the show’.

“I did say, ‘One day I would love to do that’, and it’s here, here we are!”

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