Russell Grant may be ruled out Strictly Come Dancing 2011 before it even begins, with the telly astrologist having to undergo medical tests after an old back injury flared up. According to The Sun there are "real fears" that the show's high intensity training would aggravate the injury.
60-year-old Russell was first linked to the series last month, with BBC bosses apparently keen for him to play an Ann Widdecombe-style role on the reality dancing show.
Russell is in advanced talks to appear. We can’t wait to get him on the dancefloor in his sequins,” an insider said. “He’s a really loud, flamboyant character and is going to be great TV.
“He will lose weight in training before the show but he’s still going to be a big bloke and not the most nimble performer.
“It’s going to be hilarious, although whoever has to partner him might be in for a rough ride.”
However medics are said to have warned the star he'd be constant pain if does take on the show, which starts at the end of September.
An insider said: "There are real fears about his health and whether taking part would aggravate an injury. He is such a fan of the show though that he is prepared to put up with discomfort."
Other stars rumoured to be talks for the new series of the dancing show include The One Show host Alex Jones and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire presenter Chris Tarrant.