Judi Love Admits It Was Hard To Return To Strictly Come Dancing After Catching Covid
Judi Love has revealed that her ‘fatigue was enormous’ after she was hit by Covid and it was ‘hard’ to return to Strictly Come Dancing.
The comedian, 41, was voted out of the BBC’s ballroom dance competition on Sunday after she and her professional partner Graziano Di Prima, 27, found themselves in the dance against competitive swimmer Adam Peaty, 26, and his partner Katya Jones, 32.
On Tuesday Loose Women, Judi spoke of taking a week off due to illness and said her elimination was “bittersweet.”
Candid: Judi Love has revealed her ‘fatigue was enormous’ after being knocked out by Covid and making it ‘hard’ to return to Strictly Come Dancing
She said: ‘The fatigue was enormous. It was incredible. Breast wise and all. I just wanted to go back, I didn’t want to risk my health.
“Strictly speaking, it was so great to make sure it was the right time for me to go back, but I was like, ‘Guys, I want to go back’.
‘I wasn’t angry. I was coughing so bad after that dance. Covid was all over the chest for me.
‘The fact that I could go up there again. This virus has affected us all. There was a sense of struggle in me, like no, this isn’t going to stop me.
Sent home: The comedian, 41, was voted out of the BBC’s ballroom dance competition on Sunday after she and her professional partner Graziano Di Prima, 27, found themselves in the dance
‘I am very happy that I danced. It really helped me get back on that podium.”
Judi was not disappointed after she and Graziano lost in the dance-off to Adam Peaty and his partner Katya Jones.
She said: ‘It’s a bittersweet feeling, I feel really satisfied in the sense that I feel like I pushed 100 percent every time, I came back after Covid and I had a great partner, I did something I never had thought I could do it. ‘
Graziano, who flew back to Italy after the results, made a surprising appearance via video call and praised Judi for her fighting spirit.
Judi said: ‘The fatigue was enormous. It was incredible. Breast wise and all. I just wanted to go back, I didn’t want to risk my health.
He said, ‘I’m going to miss my queen so much. Not sharing time with her every day, that’s the hardest part right now.
“I could see in her eyes that she was fighting from the fact that she came back.”
Judi added: “I don’t think people understand, we are together every day. The one day you weren’t talking, Sunday.
“I heard him this morning and said safe flight. It’s so much more than just a show. I miss him. I miss the team, I miss the other dancers.
Judi was forced into isolation after testing positive, but returned over the weekend before being voted off the show.
Judi added: ‘strict was so great to make sure it was the right time for me to go back, but I was like, ‘Guys, I want to go back’
When Judi returned to the competition after recovering from Covid, he said in It Takes Two: ‘I felt like there were a lot of nerves, but I was so determined to get back on the dance floor anyway, with my partner. …
“I just wanted to get back out there and share the experience with Graziano again – it’s a partnership.”
Judi’s Cha Cha to Physical by Olivia Newton-John wasn’t enough to keep her in the competition when she went up against Adam and Katya, but she doesn’t hold up to her elimination from the jury.
She said, ‘I feel good! I appreciate all judges, they are professionals. That’s their expertise, but what I would say to Craig is that his expertise is ballroom, so I dare him to twerk a little and let me lift my scoreboard!”
Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke all chose to save Adam – and Shirley Ballas added that she would have made the same decision.
Elimination: Judi added: “It’s a bittersweet feeling, I feel really satisfied in the sense that I have pushed 100 percent every time, I came back after Covid and I had a great partner, I did something that I never thought I could do’
On Saturday, Craig said, “I think it’s been a tough year for celebrities to sign up for Strictly, there’s so much dancing talent that you’re competing with. That said, I have a personal preference and that personal preference, on their dance night, goes out to Adam and Katya.”
Anton added: “When these two couples danced these dances last night, I gave them the same grade. Watching them tonight, they both made mistakes, but the couple who pushed through their routine in a stronger way is Adam and Katya.”
Motsi said: ‘I have to say that dance off was really great, it was great to see both couples dancing on the dance floor. The decision has been made for me and so I have to say that the couple I will save are Adam and Katya.’
Reflecting on her experience, Judi told presenter Tess Daly: ‘This was an amazing experience, a life-changing experience, I want to thank all the professional dancers, the judges, the team, everyone!
Ill: The Loose Women presenter returned to the show on Saturday night after going missing last week when she tested positive for Covid
“Graziano has supported me, stayed with me and took me to a place I never thought I could go and that’s why I love you so much. Thank you.
‘May I just say I’m taking Graz home! I’ll keep dancing,’ she joked.
Graziano added: ‘First of all, I made a friend for life. She is one of the strongest women I have ever met.
“This woman has rehearsed every day, for every dance, gave me 150%, and you know what I love most, you’re true, you’re real, so thank you so much.”
Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday, November 6 at 6:45pm, with the results on Sunday, November 7 at 7:15pm on BBC One.
Power: Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke all chose to save Adam – with Shirley Ballas adding that she would have made the same decision