It’s been revealed today that this weekend’s Dancing On Ice could justifiably be broadcast from a hospital ward, given that comedian Joe Pasquale has shingles and his fellow contestant, rugby player Gareth Thomas, has a foot infection.
Of Joe’s painful condition, he tweeted recently that he’s “really sore” and has been given some heavy duty medications to treat the symptoms of the illness, which occurs in people who’ve previously had chicken pox.
Shingles is an infection of a nerve – and the area of skin around it – which is caused by the herpes varicella-zoster virus, and can leave sufferers in extreme pain.
A show source told TV Biz of Joe’s illness, “Joe has a really bad case of shingles. It is really sore. He is battling through and determined to do his best on Sunday.”
Meanwhile, as mentioned above, Gareth Thomas is being treated for a painful foot infection, and recently tweeted a picture of a pair of slippers on top of his ice skates.
Gareth apparently developed symptoms on Thursday, and was prescribed antibiotics and told to rest his foot as much as possible.
An insider said, “Gareth woke up [Thursday] morning and his foot was terribly swollen.
“He went to rehearsals but the coaches ordered him straight off the ice.
“He was taken to a doctor, who diagnosed him with an infection – caused by spending so much time in skates – and prescribed him antibiotics.
“He didn’t rehearse today and has been told to come back to the rink tomorrow, when medics will decide whether or not he is fit to skate.
“We are hoping it will not stop him from appearing on the show at the weekend, but it all depends on how well the infection heals over the next few days.
“If he does manage to make it onto the ice it will certainly be very painful for him, so it will almost certainly impact on his performance.”
Yesterday, Gareth tweeted, “Hoping I can get my foot in my boot this morning. No pain no gain!!!!!”
Here’s hoping they’re both better, or at least on the mend, in time for this weekend’s shows.
For now, here’s a look back at Gareth’s last performance on DOI…