Strictly Come Dancing 2013: Natalie Gumede ruled out of this evening’s show after fainting in rehearsals!

by Nick Barnes


It has tonight been revealed that Strictly Come Dancing favourite Natalie Gumede will not be taking part on tonight’s show.

In a statement released by the BBC this evening, it has come to light that Natalie had a very serious mishap during rehearsals in which she fainted. As a precautionary measure, the actress has been ruled out of this evening’s show.

However, we’re happy to say that Natalie is absolutely fine. She was checked over by on-site medical staff after she fainted, but she will need further medical checks.

It’s unfortunate that the star has been ruled out of tonight’s show as she’s consistently been at the top of the leader board over the last number of weeks and was even set to dance the Jive on tonight’s show.

The statement from the BBC read: “Unfortunately Natalie Gumede will not perform in tonight’s show due to fainting in our Dress Rehearsal this afternoon. After being checked by our medical team on site she will have further medical checks as a precaution.

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As per the rules of the show, Natalie will have a ‘buy’ into next week and the show will continue with a public vote. Join us in wishing Natalie a speedy recovery!”.

Just yesterday, Natalie tweeted that she was feeling a bit on the tired side – is the competition getting too much for her? We know that Natalie always puts 100% into her performances.

She tweeted: “Thank you for your good luck messages! The old bones are tired today but channeling Tina will get me through. Gotta make Mary Proud! #scd”

Unfortunately, Natalie or her professional partner Artem Chigvintsev have not tweeted this evening following the rehearsal troubles, but I’m sure they will do soon and we’ll update you as and when we know more about how Natalie is doing.

The good thing is that Natalie will definitely dance next week as the show goes to Blackpool once again and it’ll be great for Natalie to come back “up north”.

Check out Natalie’s dance from last week’s Halloween-themed episode, below:

Nick Barnes

Nick is the Assistant Editor at Unreality TV, along with being a full-time Beyoncé obsessor! Email him at or catch him on Twitter @ImNickBarnes


  1. Paul on November 9, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Rubbish. It’s all a cover up. People don’t want her to win and it’s obvious she’s would have been in the Dance Off so by doing a sickie she’ll get to Blackpool next week anyway.
    Clever girl.

  2. Nick Barnes
    Nick Barnes on November 9, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Ah, interesting – you think she would have been in the Dance Off this week? She continuously tops the leader board and seems to be well liked by the public. But then again, look how high up the leader board Abbey was last week and she ended up in the dance-off.

    However, on saying that, even if Natalie was in the bottom two this weekend with the next best in the competition – Ashley, she’d still have gone through I think. Regardless of what would have happened, Natalie would have been safe until next week at the very least anyway.

  3. plum on November 11, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    I agree with dave I think she pulled a fast one and now she’s gone on blackpool

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