Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Johnny Ball to dance with Iveta Lukosiute

Johnny Ball (Strictly Come Dancing)

Strictly Come Dancing 2012 star Johnny Ball will team up with Lithuanian dance star Iveta Lukosiute for the first live show.

Johnny's original professional partner Aliona Vilani fractured her ankle during training last week, causing her to be ruled out of the first live show.

It's left Johnny without anyone to dance with on next weekend's first live show, with the former kids telly presenter currently rehearsing with former Strictly pro Ian Waite.

According to The Sun today, Iveta will step in as a last minute replacement for Johnny for the first live show until Aliona has recovered.

Iveta is world champion in ten different ballroom styles, and also a finalist on the US version of So You Think You Can Dance.

She said in a statement: “I am super excited to come to the UK and join the Strictly Come Dancing team. London is like my second home.

"When I found out I will be dancing with Johnny Ball, I looked him up online – and what an extraordinary person he is.”

Aliona should be back on her feet for week 2, but may also have to sit that show out as well on doctor's advice, with her injury being given two to four weeks to fully heel.

The Strictly Come Dancing live shows start on Friday.

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