Professional skater Vanessa Bauer to miss Dancing On Ice after fall

Vanessa Bauer attending the launch of Dancing On Ice 2020, held at Bovingdon Airfield, Hertfordshire.
Vanessa Bauer attending the launch of Dancing On Ice 2020, held at Bovingdon Airfield, Hertfordshire.

Professional skater Vanessa Bauer has pulled out of performing on tonight’s Dancing On Ice after hitting her head in a fall.

Bauer, who is partnered with Diversity dancer Perri Kiely, said she was “gutted” about being told she could not participate in Sunday’s show.

She confirmed that Kiely, who is currently the bookmakers’ favourite, would still take part in the group routines.

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I think it’s obvious how I LOVE skating on @dancingonice which is why I’m gutted I can’t perform tonight! 😭🤦🏽‍♀️⁣ ⁣ After banging my head into the wall I feel fine but @itv is super cautious and really takes care of us skaters which is why I went through SO many tests. 🙏🏼 ⁣ ⁣ Although I feel ok I am not allowed to skate this weekend. For the sake of my health I have to rest my brain. ⁣ ⁣ I am GUTTED but at least @realperrikiely are not competing this week anyways! He will still be part of the group numbers like everybody else so I’m wishing everybody the best of luck and an incredible show!⁣ ⁣ @realperrikiely and I will be back for the next week ⛸🤩🙌🏻 ⁣ ⁣ As funny as I thought my fall was, head injuries are no joke and the consequences can be very serious.⁣ ⁣ #dancingonice

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Bauer said on Instagram: “I think it’s obvious how I LOVE skating on @dancingonice which is why I’m gutted I can’t perform tonight!

“After banging my head into the wall I feel fine but @itv is super cautious and really takes care of us skaters which is why I went through SO many tests.

“Although I feel ok I am not allowed to skate this weekend. For the sake of my health I have to rest my brain. ⁣

“I am GUTTED but at least @realperrikiely are not competing this week anyways! He will still be part of the group numbers like everybody else so I’m wishing everybody the best of luck and an incredible show!

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Perry Kiely and Vanessa Bauer at the launch of Dancing On Ice (Ian West/PA)

“@realperrikiely and I will be back for the next week. As funny as I thought my fall was, head injuries are no joke and the consequences can be very serious.⁣”

Coronation Street actress Lisa George, who is competing, and professional skater Jessica Hatfield were among those who sent messages of support.

An ITV spokeswoman confirmed the pair would return to the rink next week.

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