Dancing on Ice stars struck down with Australian flu just hours before show launch

Dancing on Ice

by Daisy Jordan |
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Dancing on Ice is set to kick off this weekend.

But some of the show's contestants have been hit by the 'killer Australian flu' that has been sweeping the country recently.

According to the Daily Star, contestants Stephanie Waring, Candice Brown and Alex Beresford have been taken ill, just 48 hours before the show is set to begin.

Good Morning Britain's Alex revealed he'd been struck down with the illness on Twitter earlier this week, writing, "Devastated I’m missing the first full team rehearsal for @dancingonice today.

"This flu is the wickedest I have ever had! Looking at it as a blessing I got it now and praying I’m 100 come Sunday."

He also appeared on Good Morning Britain and admitted he'd been off sick for eight days with the illness.

"I had the worst case of that Australian Flu and I have never ever had flu like that," he explained.

"I will never use the term “man flu’ again.

"I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to make the show on Sunday because every day I would wake up and I would feel worse.

"Literally, I’ve been in bed for eight days straight. I’ve missed two rehearsals this week."

The presenter also revealed that the ITV studio was damaged due to a storm, saying, "We actually had some damage to the ITV Dancing On Ice studio.

"In fact, one of the walls came down. So hopefully that’s all back up and we will be all good for Sunday."

Fingers crossed the contestants will be, too!

Dancing On Ice starts on Sunday night at 6pm on ITV.

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Gaynor Faye

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Kyran Bracken

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Suzanne Shaw

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Ray Quinn

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Hayley Tamaddon

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Sam Attwater

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