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Karen Clifton latest Strictly star to battle illness

Strictly Come Dancing pro Karen Clifton is battling to overcome flu-like symptoms, while celebrity contestants Helen George and Georgia May Foote have also been hit by colds.

Professional dancer Karen Clifton has become the latest Strictly Come Dancing star to be struck down ahead of Saturday’s (07Nov15) live show.

The Venezuelan-born dancer, who has been paired with BBC Radio 2 radio host Jeremy Vine this year, is battling a raging sore throat and flu-like symptoms. Karen is doing her best to maintain her energy levels during rehearsals with Jeremy, but it’s proving tough to keep her partner in line as it hurts when she talks.

“I’m strict when necessary,” she wrote on her Twitter account. “I don’t really shout, only when the music is too loud.”

Karen went on to reveal that she is putting her faith in a trusty recipe to make her feel better, adding: “Chicken soup, chicken soup, chicken soup.”

The 33-year-old star isn’t the only person struggling to rehearse this week, as celebrity contestants Helen George and Georgia May Foote – who have both topped the leader board in recent weeks – have also been feeling under the weather due to colds. The Wanted star Jay McGuiness and his partner Aliona Vilani are both nursing injuries after Jay apparently kicked the dancer in the head while rehearsing the Argentine Tango.

Although Karen isn’t feeling great, earlier this week (beg02Nov15) Jeremy revealed the pair regularly have “crisis meetings” to ensure they remain in the show. The presenter has become an unlikely favourite among fans despite low scores from the judges and Karen has even suggested he should re-enact his rival Peter Andre’s famous topless music video for Mysterious Girl to keep the public votes coming in.

This week Jeremy and Karen will perform the tango and the 50-year-old star has been drawing upon his career as a journalist to get into the role, describing his expression for the dance as a “news face”.

He was thrilled to see he was finally making some progress last Saturday (31Oct15), when judge Craig Revel Horwood gave him a 4, instead of the usual 3. "It really was brilliant because we know we're maybe not improving fast enough to win but there's a bit of forwards motion,” he said. “And I think we can really build now... (Karen's) lost her voice from shouting so much!"

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