Anneka Rice out of Strictly group dance after being injured by Anton Du Beke

Anneka Rice has been paired with Kevin Clifton for Stritcly Come Dancing (Credit: LightRocket via Getty Images)

Anneka Rice has revealed she was not able to take part in the first Strictly Come Dancing group performance after being injured by Anton Du Beke.

The 60-year-old TV presenter has previously revealed she is undergoing physio treatment for a shoulder injury after suffering a fall earlier in the year. The Challenge Anneka star has now revealed that she was unable to take part in the group dance during the Strictly launch show earlier this month after pro dancer Du Beke "threw me up in the air" during rehearsals.

Rice told the Radio Times: "We were thrown into learning a complicated group dance.

"I kept shouting, 'Hang on', but everyone was onto the next bit. I was baffled.

"Thankfully, Anton Du Beke spontaneously threw me up in the air and over his shoulders before I had time to say, by the way, my shoulder is...'

"And just like that, on the medic's instructions, I was out of the group dance."

Tess Daly, Anneka Rice, Kevin Clifton.

She added "But I'm still here, in my favourite show, and I have Kevin [Clifton] – Kevin! I just keep forgetting that I now have to learn to dance..."

Professional dancer Clifton won the show with Stacey Dooley last year and the pair are now dating.

Rice made her name running around in a jumpsuit on gameshows Challenge Anneka and Treasure Huntbut so far she has been reluctant to strut her stuff for Strictly - despite it being a dance show.

She revealed: "Strictly's social media team then put on T Rex loudly and asked me to dance. I politely refused."

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Queen Elizabeth II meets Anneka Rice (right) at the Radio 2 Gardens during a visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London.
L-r: Anna Walker, Diana Moran, The Prince of Wales (patron), Zoe Ball, Anneka Rice and designer Vivienne Westwood at a reception for Breakthrough, an innovatice breast cancer research charity backed by the fashion and music industries.
Anneka Rice and Alan Whicker arrive at the Champion Children Awards '93, held at the Dorchester Hotel and attended by the Princess of Wales.
Prime Minister John Major and TV presenter Anneka Rice are escorted by two Beefeaters at the Tower of London, where a dawn fireworks display marked the launch of the National Lottery.
Prime Minister John Major and TV presenter Anneka Rice watch the fireworks display at the launch of the National Lottery.
Capital Radio DJ 'Dr' Fox comforts "Challenge Anneka" presenter Anneka Rice, who joined celebrities giving blood at the launch of New Blood Donor Day. The UK Blood Transfusion Services also challenged Anneka to find one year's quota of donors in just 31 hours. * and donor centres around the country are to open to cope with the expected flood of new donors.
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A heavily-pregnant Anneka Rice and her theatre producer husband Nick Allott at the Guildhall in London, when they attended the annual Evening Standard Drama Awards ceremony.
Television celebrity Anneka Rice, Conservative MP Virginia Bottomley and TV presenter Sir David Frost (left to right) at The Undercroft Banqueting House, Whitehall for the launch of Eve Pollard's new Wedding Day magazine.
Television presenter Anneka Rice taking part in the Millennium Stars Tennis Challenge, held at the Riverside Club in Middlesex.
Television presenters Henry Kelly (L), Anneka Rice (C) and Nick Owen (R) attend the BAFTA Piccadilly for a party to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of TV-am.
Anneka Rice and Sir Cliff Richard at the Cliff Richard Tennis Classic, a charity tennis tournament, which is held at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, Saturday December 17, 2005. This is the final tennis Classic which Sir Cliff will hold. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA.
Hell's Kitchen 2007 winner Barry McGuigan (centre) celebrates with former Hell's Kitchen contestants (from left) Anneka Rice, Brian Dowling, Adele Silva, Rosie Boycott, Paul Young, Kelly LeBrock, Abi Clancy, after he was announced the overall winner of the reality TV cooking competition at Three Mills Studios in east London.
Capital Radio DJ Johnny Vaughan (left) pictured with Anneka Rice, project manager of Help a London Child, launches Capital FM's Capital Christmas Appeal in Leicester Square, central London, to help Capital Radio build a new wing of the Shooting Star Children's Hospice.
Anneka Rice prepares for the London Night Hike charity ramble through the city. The hike is organised by Maggies Cancer Caring Centres, in conjunction with the Open House architecture weekend.
Television presenter Anneka Rice launches the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2013 on the eve of ladies day at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week by rowing an ocean rowing boat with six time ocean rower, Simon Chalk, off the coast of the Isle of Wight.
Anneka Rice (left) and Karim Zeroual arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2019, held at BBC TV Centre in London, UK.
Alex Scott, Jamie Laing, Anneka Rice and Karim Zeroual attending the Strictly Come Dancing Launch at the TV Centre, London
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Meanwhile, Du Beke, 53 - whose previous Strictly partners have included 71-year-old MP Anne Widdecombe, tennis coach Judy Murray, 60 and 63-year-old model Jerry Hall - believes he might finally be in with a chance of winning the show after being partnered with 42-year-old EastEnders actress Emma Barton.

He quipped: "I'm very excited about this one. Emma's tall, gorgeous and talented.

"She's an absolute dream and, I've got to be honest, younger than I'm used to.

"And she's got her own teeth. That'll do for me."

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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