The first live show of Strictly Come Dancing is due to take place this weekend but fears are growing over head judge Shirley Ballas’ appearance.

It comes after the 63-year-old posted a video on Instagram to her 285k followers explaining that she had “caught something" and was unwell.

The clip showed Shirley tucked up in bed, as she said in a low voice: “What a difference a day makes.

“So back from Rome where it was busy, lots of people and then in the studio because we’re running up to the Royal Albert Hall international championships and yes I think I’ve caught something. So not very well today.

“Not in work but want to rest and make sure I’m ready for Strictly on Saturday.”

Strictly's Shirley Ballas issues health update ahead of Saturday's show

After asking her fans what the best air fryer to buy is, the “Rumba queen” added: “To anyone else feeling under the weather, I’m sending you lots of love, and cuddles. And I’m really excited about Saturday, wait until you see this show. It is phenomenal.

“I think actually all of them will be staying until the final, they are all that good.”

A few hours later, Shirley gave viewers another update on social media as she sat up in bed, saying: “Feeling poo, poo but mum made me two boiled eggs in my favourite little pot and some toast.

"I never eat toast and some black tea. What would I do without my mum? I feel blessed.”

Bobby Brazier makes Strictly confession on This Morning

@dianne_buswell_official a day in the life of us @BBC Strictly ✨ @Bobby-Jack Brazier ♬ original sound - Dancer Dianne


Bobby Brazier recently revealed a Strictly confession to Holly Willoughby and Dermot O’Leary on This Morning.

Appearing on ITV’s flagship show yesterday (September 20) alongside his Strictly professional partner Dianne Buswell, the EastEnders actor admitted he had never watched the show before.

Holly jokingly said to the 20-year-old: “You have never watched the show… Maybe you feel okay with that because you don’t realise how massive and huge that moment is.

"Most people have been watching it for years, grown up with it, finally they’re there and it’s just like, it’s huge.”

To which Bobby replied: “Yeah, I’m excited my first-ever experience of Strictly is on Strictly.”

Holly, Dermot and Dianne all burst into laughter before Dianne went on to explain: “Every time I tell him the dance he's like 'I've never heard of it.'

"It is quite exciting because he is learning from scratch so has no bad habits."

Strictly Come Dancing next airs on BBC One and BBC iPlayer for the first live show of the series on Saturday, September 23 at 6.15pm.