Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Brendan Cole opens about his 'lung problems'

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 - Professional Dancers Brendan Cole

Strictly Come Dancing pro Brendan Cole has opened up about his illness after being 'replaced' on the show.

A poorly Brendan revealed how fellow pro Gorka Marquez had taken up his role with celebrity partner Anastacia this week.

It's after Brendan was taken to hospital at the weekend with a chest infection.

Gorka had originally been partnered with Tameka Empson but the pair were eliminated a week ago now.

Brendan Cole, Anastacia
Brendan Cole, Anastacia

"I dunno how happy I am about it," Brendan joked about the whole thing on It Takes Two, "He's Spanish, he's good looking, he's got a body that's pretty much the best on the show."

Anastacia cheekily winked at the cameras: "It was awful today, I had an awful rehearsal."

While Anastacia is dancing with Gorka, Brendan is still choreographing the pair's routine.

Brendan's now spoken out about his sickness and revealed it's yet to be confirmed if he'll dance with Anastacia on Saturday.

Brendan wrote on his website: "After suffering a pneumonia in February, I guess my lungs were not up to full strength so my immune system wasn't quite ready to deal with what would normally be an innocuous cough."

"Many reports saying that I was rushed to A&E! Far from it, I simply popped down as needed some oxygen and my GP wasn't available at 2am!" he continued, "Turns out my blood/oxygen saturation was 93 per cent so I was probably right to do so."


Brendan said he was told to rest for the week in order to get better for Saturday's show.

"Fingers crossed all will be OK as I am feeling a little better today finally," he added.

Strictly Come Dancing is back this Saturday and Sunday night on BBC One.

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