Kym Marsh has pulled out of this weekend’s Strictly show after testing positive for Covid-19, the programme has announced.

The former Hear’Say singer performed a paso doble to We Found Love by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris, alongside her professional partner Graziano Di Prima at Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom on Saturday.

On Tuesday, a Strictly spokesperson said: “Kym Marsh has tested positive for Covid-19. As a result, Kym and Graziano will not be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this weekend.

“Strictly Come Dancing protocols mean that all being well, they will return the following week.”

Bicester Advertiser: Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima during the live show of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC OneKym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima during the live show of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One (Image: Guy Levy/PA)

Kym Marsh pulls out of Strictly Come Dancing performance

The live show on Saturday returned to the Blackpool Tower for the first time since 2019 and Marsh achieved a score of 33.

Head judge Shirley Ballas said: “I feel like you are in warrior mode. You are here and you are fighting. What I loved, it was so powerful but yet you still kept the femininity.”

While Motsi Mabuse said Marsh looked “amazing” and praised her control and energy.

The results show last weekend saw Kiss FM DJ Tyler West and professional dance partner Dianne Buswell be eliminated from the dancing competition.

The couple they joined in the dance off was Molly Rainford and her partner Carlos Gu who made it through to another week.

The week before Blackpool, the former Coronation Street star Marsh paid an emotional tribute to her son Archie, who died in 2009 after being born prematurely.


Before taking to the stage, she said in a pre-recorded segment: “I feel like by doing this dance not only is it going to be in memory of Archie but it also hopefully might get people talking about their experiences because it is the right road to putting your life back together.”

Strictly Come Dancing returns at 7.15pm on BBC One on Saturday, November 26.