Ban over-45s from Strictly says Joan, 84

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CELEBRI­TIES over the age of 45 should never do Strictly Come Danc­ing, says Dame Joan Collins.

The 84- year- old ac­tress, pic­tured, said she knows two peo­ple who took part in sim­i­lar shows and both suf­fered in­juries. Asked if she would do Strictly, she told ITV’s Lor­raine pro­gramme: ‘No, I wouldn’t, I think there’s a limit. No­body over 45 should do any­thing like that. They re­ally shouldn’t, be­cause I have two friends who have done it.

‘One is Ge­orge Hamil­ton, he did the Amer­i­can one, and he is still limp­ing.’

In 2006 the US ac­tor, then 66, com­peted in ABC’s Danc­ing with the Stars with pro­fes­sional Edyta Sli­win­ska and they lasted un­til the sixth round. ‘He said ‘‘don’t do it, it’s ridicu­lous, it’s not just the danc­ing, it’s the ac­ro­bat­ics”. But I love the show.’

Strictly re­turns on Satur­day, Septem­ber 23. Tra­di­tion­ally the first live shows are split be­tween two episodes on a Fri­day and Satur­day night.

This year, how­ever, the two episodes have been com­bined.

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