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Robert Webb withdraws from Strictly Come Dancing due to ill health

Robert Webb

Robert Webb withdraws from Strictly Come Dancing due to ill health

In a statement, the Peep Show actor Robert Webb said: “I’m extremely sorry to have to announce that I’m withdrawing from Strictly Come Dancing … Two years ago I had open heart surgery and although I believed I was fit enough to take on Strictly and its demanding schedule, it became clear that I had bitten off way more than I could chew for this stage in my recovery.

“I had begun to feel symptoms that led me to seek an urgent consultation with my heart specialist, and it was her view that it would be better for the sake of my health to step back from the show.”

Webb said he was proud of the three dances he and Dianne Buswell performed, adding he “couldn’t have wished for a more talented partner or more patient teacher”.

He thanked viewers who had voted for him on the show. “It was always going to be a difficult mountain to climb (for one thing it’s made of glitter so it’s very skiddy) and I’ve been especially touched by the support from fellow heart patients.”

He said he would be cheering on his fellow contestants for the rest of the show’s run up until Christmas. “It has been a genuine honour to be part of this huge, joyful and barking mad TV show,” he said.

Buswell said: “I know Robert had a lot more to give to the competition but his health of course comes first and I wish him a speedy recovery. I feel lucky to have danced with him and to call him a friend.”

The couple had impressed the judges. In week two they scored 27 for their tango with Webb praised for his “composure” and “character”. They fared less well in the most recent show on Saturday, dancing a quickstep to the Muppet Show theme tune dressed as Kermit and Miss Piggy. They scored 25 with Webb’s dancing labelled “jerky”. Viewers gave them enough votes to avoid the dance off, broadcast on Sunday.

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Despite stiff-person syndrome, Celine Dion to perform at 2024 Olympics

Celine Dion is contemplating a return to the spotlight despite battling a rare neurological disorder known as stiff-person syndrome, Metro UK reports

The iconic 56-year-old artiste has reportedly been offered a prestigious opportunity to perform at the opening ceremony of the Paris Olympics despite the progression of her illness.The Canadian singer, known for her powerful voice, revealed she’d been diagnosed with the progressive neurological condition – that affects the muscles, causing stiffness and spasms – in 2022.

In spite of this, Celine has previously expressed her eagerness to return to live performances, which have been a cornerstone of her career.

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Kidnappers kill mother of popular Hausa singer, Rarara

Hajiya Hauwa’u Adamu, mother of a popular Hausa singer, Dauda Adamu, popularly known as Rarara has d!ed in the hands of kidnappers, reports revealed.

Recall that on June 28, Rarara’s mother, aged 75 was k!dnapped at her home in Kahutu village, Danja local government area, Katsina State.

The elderly mother was k!dnapped at her residence in Kahutu, Danja local government area of the state, in the early hours of Friday.

However, on Friday the Arewa on their X handle disclosed that the mother of the singer has died in the hands of the k!dnappers.

Abductors of Hajiya Hauwa’u Adamu, had reportedly demanded a ransom of N900 million for her release.

A source close to the family in Kahutu revealed that the abductors initially demanded N1 billion but later reduced the amount to N900 million after brief negotiations.

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Banky W returns to classroom

Musician-turned-politician Bankole Wellington, widely known as Banky W, says he has returned to the classroom .

Updating his followers about his current pursuit in an Instagram post on Friday, the singer said he is now pursuing a master’s degree in policy at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

He wrote;

“Gave up being a CEO to become a student because sometimes you have to let go of what is impressive to gain what is important.

“I’m currently pursuing a Master’s in Policy at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. The journey of faith continues. Please wish me well,” he posted.

This came barely two months after he survived a fourth cancer surgery

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