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Anastacia cleared for this weekend's Strictly after tearing mastectomy scars

Published 04/10/2016

The injury meant Anastacia and her dance partner Brendan Cole could not take part in last weekend's dance-off (BBC)
The injury meant Anastacia and her dance partner Brendan Cole could not take part in last weekend's dance-off (BBC)

Singer Anastacia has been cleared by a doctor to perform in Strictly Come Dancing this weekend, despite having torn her mastectomy scar.

The 48-year-old, who partners Brendan Cole in the BBC dancing competition, was forced to change last weekend's Salsa routine at the last minute due to an injury during training where she tore the scar tissue from a double mastectomy that she underwent in 2013 after being diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time.

Anastacia narrowly avoided being sent home from the competition after finding herself in the bottom two couples following the first public vote of the series, but was unable to take part in the dance-off because of the injury, sparking fears that she would have to sit out this weekend's show.

A BBC spokesman said: "Anastacia is rehearsing her Viennese Waltz and is planning to perform it with Brendan on the show this Saturday."

Her publicist added: " Yesterday Anastacia visited the clinic of a specialist in breast reconstruction surgery. The doctor again confirmed that there was a tear in the scar tissue, which although painful is not permanent.

"She was given the all clear to dance this weekend with the caveat that the routine is carefully choreographed and she has been given the appropriate medication. Brendan was with her for her appointments and they have been filmed for this weekend's episode.

"The specialist will be monitoring her condition regularly and she will revisit them on Monday."

The singer is donating her Strictly fee to charity to further breast cancer research.

"She is doing this to raise money for breast cancer, so unless a doctor tells her she can't carry on, quitting would never be an option. Anastacia and Brendan are now in rehearsal," her publicist said.

DJ Melvin Odoom and his professional partner Janette Manrara were the first couple to leave the competition, having found themselves in the bottom two alongside Anastacia and Cole, but with fewer public votes.

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