Debbie’s hot to fox­trot

McGee’s bot­tle ther­apy on pulled mus­cles to get fit for Strictly live

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY TOM BRYANT Head of Show­biz tom.bryant@mir­

DEBBIE McGee is pin­ning her hopes on a magic cure for pulled mus­cles ahead of this week­end’s live Strictly show in Black­pool.

Debbie, 59, has been strap­ping hot wa­ter bot­tles to her back to make the ag­o­nis­ing pain dis­ap­pear.

Her sis­ter Donna re­vealed: “She’s twisted a mus­cle so she’s strug­gling.

“It’s a real shame. She has been suf­fer­ing – she had a hot wa­ter bot­tle on her back all week. It’s re­ally been play­ing up.” Strictly sen­sa­tion Debbie scored the first 40 of the BBC One se­ries with part­ner Gio­vanni Per­nice for their tango two weeks ago.

And Donna hinted she may al­ready have had is­sues on Satur­day, when her salsa to Can’t Take My Eyes Off You left her in third place with 35.

She added: “She’d been suf­fer­ing, it could have gone ei­ther way. You don’t know if the back was go­ing to go – but she doesn’t let it worry her.”

But Debbie, the widow and for­mer as­sis­tant of ma­gi­cian Paul Daniels, says she is not fazed by ap­pear­ing at Black­pool – be­cause the cou­ple did a sum­mer sea­son there be­fore they were mar­ried. Debbie said: “Paul and I did a huge sum­mer show at the Opera House, which has special mem­o­ries for me as we sold out ev­ery night.” Loose Women pre­sen­ter Ruth Langs­ford left the show on Sun­day af­ter she and vet­eran An­ton Du Beke failed to im­press judges with their fox­trot to Mack The Knife. That leaves eight pairs com­pet­ing at the Tower Ball­room this week­end.

SAUCY Debbie and Gio­vanni do the salsa

PAIN RE­LIEF A hot wa­ter bot­tle

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