Strictly judge Shirley Ballas gets seven stitches after slicing her hand open on glass
20th July 2021

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Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas has received seven stitches after slicing her hand open on broken glass while at home.

Shirley showed off the cut on her Instagram story while documenting the rush to the hospital.

She said: “This morning, I sliced my hand and it went so deep that it’s really really through the flesh.

“There was blood everywhere, so I’m now at A&E and I think I’m going to have a few stitches. Watch this space.”

She then had to get an X-Ray to make sure that there was no more glass still in the cut, saying: “I think it’s gone all the way through to the tendons so they’re going to send me to another hospital.”

Stood in her hospital room, she showed off the deep wound, writing: “Being as strong as I can. Ready to check the tendon damage. It looks small but extremely painful.”

Further documenting the injury, Shirley showed fans that she has to wear a plastic bag over her hand while jumping in the shower.

She said: “All bagged up now, and ready to go in the shower to attempt to do everything with my left hand, since this has got seven stitches in it now and it’s going to be poorly and not well for a while. But watch this space.”

Shirley can currently be seen on Cooking With The Stars where, despite her claim to have a plain taste in food, she was praised for her skills in the kitchen in the series debut and made it through to next week's episode.

Shirley will also be returning in autumn for the next season of Strictly Come Dancing where she will return to her judging position alongside returning judges Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel Horwood, and new panelist Anton Du Beke, who will be taking over from Bruno Tonioli.

With Anton moving to a judging role and Janette Manrara leaving the show to host sister show, It Takes Two, a group of new dancers will be arrive to complete in the coming season.

It remains unknown what celebrities have signed up for this year's series but rumours include Christine Quinn, Ryan Thomas and Dan Walker.

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