Strictly Come Dancing star in shock collapse during rehearsals

STRICTLY Come Dancing star Danny John-Jules told how he collapsed during rehearsals for last weekend’s live show.

The actor – who was awarded the first 10 of the series alongside professional partner Amy Dowden – revealed his training was so intense that he fainted.

Speaking on BBC Two spin-off show It Takes Two alongside Amy, Danny said he had passed out during rehearsals at the BBC’s Elstree studios in Hertfordshire last Friday.

He said: “It’s cardio, fitness. I haven’t moved like that since a long time. You worry about slowing down and if you slow down it’s a bit of a no-no.

“The floor manager looked down at me looking up at the ceiling and asked me: ‘Do you want to do another one?”‘

The Red Dwarf star, 58, added that his knees were screaming “louder than Amy” following their performance on Saturday.

Their energetic jive to Flip, Flop And Fly by Ellis Hall got a standing ovation from the audience and all the judges – apart from Craig Revel Horwood.

They received a total of 37 points out of a possible 40, sending them to the top of the leaderboard.

Danny added that it had taken him a day to process the fact that he had scored the first 10 of the series.

He said: “It was all a blur. When I finished, I looked at Amy and only then I realised it had been good.

“I was still in a daze when I got to the judges and it didn’t sink in until a day later when all the messages started coming in from social media.”

Amy, 27, added that families living opposite the studio where she and John-Jules train had put posters with the number 10 on them in their windows.