Strictly pro Gleb Savchenko suffers 'alarming' allergic reaction

Strictly Come Dancing (opens in new tab)’s Gleb Savchenko pulled out of an apperance on spin-off show It Takes Two as he was receiving medical attention for an allergic reaction.

His celebrity dance partner, presenter Anita Rani, broke the news to Zoe Ball on the show, but said he was likely to be 'fine'.

Anita Rani and Gleb Savchenko

Anita Rani and Gleb Savchenko (Kieron McCarron/BBC)


“I’m flying solo! He’s had an allergic reaction,” the 38-year-old told Zoe, although she admitted the cause of the reaction was still a mystery.

“He went to see the doctor and his beautiful face was swelling in a rather alarming way.

"He's had an allergic reaction. His beautiful face was swelling" Get well soon @GlebSavchenko! #ItTakesTwo

— BBC Strictly (@bbcstrictly) December 3, 2015


“But I’ve heard that he’s going to be fine. Get well soon Gleb,” she said.

The Russian dancer, 31, instagrammed a photo of himself with a painfully swollen lip and said that he hoped he’d be well enough to perform on Strictly this Saturday.

He wrote, “Had a terrible allergy reaction… hope I’ll recovered in time for Saturday @bbcstrictly #teamGLITA.”

On Friday morning, he tweeted that he was 'camera blocking' i.e. planning out the pair’s moves for the camera, at Elstree studios, which suggests that Gleb will be performing on Saturday night. Phew!

Early morning @ElstreeStudios #camerablocking

— GLEB SAVCHENKO (@Gleb_Savchenko) December 4, 2015


Gleb and Anita will be dancing the Argentine Tango to Cell Block Tango from Chicago as part of Musicals Week.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to our screens with the quarter-finals on December 5 at 7pm on BBC One.

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