Natalie Gumede wants to do her very best for her Russian dance partner

Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev are back on Strictly Come Dancing after her collapse during dress rehearsals last week and impressed the judges in Blackpool with their Charleston.

‘[My fainting] was an almost inevitable result of not
taking the time to rest after having an epidural, steroid and
painkilling injections, whilst continuing to take pills for my back
trouble back in week four,’ Natalie explains.

‘But I must add that the hours Artem
and I put don’t feel in any way like a chore, as much as they are hard

Natalie, 29, definitely feels in good hands – er, or arms – with Artem, who is dubbed ‘The Terminator’.

‘He’s so magnetic, it makes me want to be better so I don’t look like a fool next to him!’ the actress tells us.

‘I’m only getting four to five hours a night because I can’t switch off – you’re thinking about it constantly.’

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SEE PICTURES Natalie Gumede at launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2013 series

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