Brian hit by shoul­der agony

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Em­manuel Smith had also had a de­prived child­hood.

The con­tes­tant, who came here from Africa as a child, told us: “When I came to the UK, my mum gave birth three weeks later and we were all shar­ing one bed. That was a tough be­gin­ning. Will had a sim­i­lar story so he un­der­stood the strug­gle.”

“I grew up in Peck­ham. At that time it was a rough area. I went to school in east Lon­don so it took me away from gangs.

“It was a tough up­bring­ing be­cause I was a French boy from Africa. Peo­ple laughed at my ac­cent. But my mum in­stilled in me to push through no mat­ter what.”

Em­manuel has picked

Will to be his men­tor on the show.

SAIRA Khan is strug­gling to cope be­hind the scenes at Danc­ing On Ice.

The Loose Women star is so crip­pled by nerves she has suf­fered a string of panic at­tacks.

In an emo­tional in­ter­view, Saira said: “I’ve been train­ing for months but ev­ery time I go on the ice there is a feel­ing of vul­ner­a­bil­ity, ner­vous­ness and anx­i­ety. There are mo­ments where I’ve thought, ‘I just can’t do this’.

“I’ve had panic at­tacks. It first hap­pened when we were in re­hearsals. I sud­denly thought, ‘What am I do­ing here?’.

“I felt phys­i­cally sick. I had short­ness of breath. I do not know what came over me. My skat­ing part­ner Mark Han­retty had never seen me like that. He was re­ally wor­ried.

“Be­fore that, when­ever peo­ple have told me they were hav­ing a panic at­tack, I’d just tell them to deal with it. I’d be think­ing ‘get over your­self’. I couldn’t re­ally em­pathise with them be­cause I’d never ex­pe­ri­enced any­thing like it.

“But now when I see some­one who is anx­ious I am able to help them be­cause I’ve been through it my­self.”

Saira is gear­ing up to face her BRIAN McFad­den’s fu­ture on Danc­ing On Ice is hang­ing in the bal­ance af­ter in­juries left him un­able to skate.

The pre­sen­ter, 38, dam­aged his shoul­der and was forced to pull out of re­hearsals yes­ter­day.

Pro­duc­ers fear his de­but rou­tine in tonight’s live show will have to be scrapped at the 11th hour.

A show spokesman last night said: “Brian had an in­jury. He’s par­tially dis­lo­cated his shoul­der and dam­aged his ro­ta­tor cuff and he can­not re­hearse any­more.”

Brian is get­ting round-the-clock sup­port from show fears when she per­forms her first rou­tine tonight.

The pre­sen­ter is still bat­tling se­vere anx­i­ety.

She said: “I am re­ally ner­vous about the show. There is a lot of pres­sure. Even just talk­ing about it now makes me feel shaky – I feel like I’m start­ing to have a panic at­tack.

“Mark has given me cop­ing mech­a­nisms. He’s the only per­son I want around me when I’m strug­gling.

“But the prob­lem I have is I’ve been brought up in a cul­ture where you’re told, ‘You’re not as good as you think you are’.

“You’re brain­washed into medics. Ex­perts are set to as­sess his in­juries this af­ter­noon and de­cide if he can per­form his rou­tine with skat­ing part­ner Alex Mur­phy.

A show in­sider said: “This is a night­mare for pro­duc­ers. It has thrown the live show into chaos. “They won’t know un­til the last minute whether Brian will be able to take part.

“There are con­cerns he’ll have to pull out al­to­gether, which would mean the show los­ing one of its big­gest names.” think­ing you can’t do well. So I’ve had to undo all that and re­alise I’ve got a bit of po­ten­tial. I need to keep my nerves in check. I need to make sure I don’t get dis­tracted by how good other peo­ple are. Then I’ll be OK.”

Saira is also wor­ried about get­ting a roast­ing from the judg­ing panel – in­clud­ing acid­tongued Ja­son Gar­diner.

She’s al­ready been slated by him af­ter last week’s group rou­tine.

Saira said: “Ja­son doesn’t hold back. When we did a group dance last week­end he said we were all aw­ful. I thought, ‘Oh thanks – that’s not ex­actly go­ing to en­cour­age me or build my con­fi­dence up’.”

At 48, Saira is one of the old­est con­tes­tants this se­ries.

And she is wor­ried she could suf­fer a se­ri­ous in­jury.

She said: “Fall­ing over could be se­ri­ous for me. I’m nearly 50 so it’s not a case of just get­ting bruises – I could break a bone. If I have a re­ally se­ri­ous in­jury it could mean I can’t work.”

Book­ies have made Saira one of the out­siders.

Paddy Power have her at 50/1 to win, which puts her ahead of only Didi Conn.

Other celebs skat­ing for sur­vival for the first time tonight in­clude Wes Nel­son, Melody Thorn­ton, Richard Black­wood, Ryan Side­bot­tom and Brian McFad­den.

GROW­ING PAINS: Will NERVES: Saira with Mark as she pre­pare for the big night TOUGH: Ja­son Gar­diner

SHOW FEARS: Brian gets treat­ment

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