Catherine, 36, competed as a member of last year’s Strictly Come Dancing line-up, becoming the first-ever celebrity partner of professional dancer, Johannes Radebe, 32. Although she was voted off just weeks into the BBC dance series, the former Coronation Street star had a second chance to wow the judges in the live tour, which kicked off last month. Unfortunately, she fractured her ankle and had to pull out midway through the 2020 run. Discussing her injury on today’s edition of ITV chat show Lorraine, the actress spoke out about whether the arena tour was better than the programme itself.
The soap star only made it to week five of the show and was eliminated back in October after failing to win over the judges with her Halloween themed routine.
After an early exit, Catherine was elated to be taking part in the live tour, which made her quitting much harder as she told her followers on Instagram: “I’m absolutely heartbroken to let you all know that I've had to finish my time on the @strictlycomedancinglive tour earlier than expected.”
Speaking with Lorraine Kelly, 60, this morning, the actress opened up about the ankle fracture for the first time on television.
However, the injury didn’t put her off the buzz of performing in the arenas as she confessed she preferred the live edition to dancing in the studio.
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Strictly Come Dancing's Catherine Tyldesley snubs BBC show after suffering injury on tour (Image: BBC/ITV)
Strictly Come Dancing: Catherine Tyldesley performed with professional Johannes Radebe (Image: BBC)
Explaining why the show was less appeasing, Catherine said performing in the arena meant there wasn’t the pressure the studio show brings.
“We all were having the best time and because you’re doing the same dance night after night, you genuinely improve,” she added.
“I had Shirley [Ballas] and Craig [Revel Horwood] and Bruno [Tonioli] coming up to me and going, ‘Oh my god, the improvement’.
“It was so nice to get that feedback because when you’re doing the TV show, you get three days to