Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas, 59, has revealed she’s waiting for the results of a coronavirus test after being struck down with a cough

Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas, 59, has revealed she’s waiting for the results of a coronavirus test after being struck down with a cough (Image: REX)

Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas has revealed she’s taken a coronavirus test after being struck down with a nasty cough and a temperature.

Speaking in the virtual winners room at the BAFTA TV Awards last night, the talent show star, 59, admitted she hasn’t been well and is waiting on the results of a test to see if she’s contracted Covid-19.

She said: “I broke my foot, so that is healing, I’ve not been so well with a cough. I had a temperature and a this and a that.

“So I just took the Covid test today so I have to wait for 24 hours.

“Then my boyfriend will come back some time next week.”

Strictly Come Dancing won a BAFTA at last night’s virtual ceremony, and Shirley said she was thrilled.

Shirley Ballas accepts the Entertainment Programme award for Strictly Come Dancing at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards (Image: REX/Shutterstock)
She went on: “I wasn’t there when they won a Bafta before so for me this is extremely exciting.

“Everyone puts so much into the show. Lighting, hair and makeup, everyone puts so much in to make the show come to life.”

Asked whether the show will go ahead she seemed confident, saying: “Let me tell you, you cannot miss it, some of the things they have got lined up are a bit ‘ohhhh or ahhhh’ it is one of those shows.

“They have done everything in their power to bring light and happiness for the autumn and winter, you will not be disappointed.”

There are concerns Bruno Tonioli may not be able to appear as a judge as he would need to fly to the US for TV commitments there as well as Strictly in the UK.

Shirley has been tested for coronavirus after developing a nasty cough (Image: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
“Shirley said: “All I can say is I have known Bruno 11 years and if there is a way for him to fly backwards and forwards he will find it, if he has to walk on water he will. I know he will give his all to get there.”

She also suggested she thought they could get a member of the royal family on the show as a contestant.

“She said: “It would be lovely for one of the younger royals to come on, we have even seen the Queen on Zoom so it would be lovely get a young royal and I know lots of them are fans and it brings joy to their evenings.”

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