He may have hoped to be well enough for this weekend's show but Artem Chigvintstev will not dance with Holly Valance on Saturday night.
The Strictly Come Dancing star was forced to pull out of rehearsals this week following a painful back injury.
The Russian professional has been overseeing Holly's practice this week but BBC bosses have confirmed that he will not dance the Rumba with her
Artem was initially diagnosed with a transverse process fracture of the lumbar spine,' said a BBC spokesman.
'However the latest medical advice from a spinal specialist following further scans is that he is suffering with a combination of joint and soft tissue injury.
While this medical advice is more encouraging he will still need to rest, so will not be dancing this Saturday.'
Aussie star Holly will instead take to the floor with Brendan Cole - who was voted off the show last weekend with his singing partner, Lulu.
But despite suffering from a painful injury, Artem isn't taking a back seat just yet.
He was pictured arriving at the dance studios yesterday to continue choreographing the routine.
'It feels kinda weird watching her dance with another guy,' said Artem, speaking on BBC2's It Takes Two tonight.
'I'm sad not to be dancing with Holly this weekend, but I'm grateful that Brendan is quickstepping in to fill my dancing shoes, and the two of them will be fantastic.
'I've worked with them all week choreographing the routine, and it will be a great one to watch on Saturday.'
Actress-turned-pop star, Holly, was equally as sad and said it felt like she was back at square one.
'I'd just got to know dancing with Artem, got to know his body,' she said.
'But now I'm at a disadvantage because I'm dancing with someone completely new.'
But it seems that Brendan is more than happy to hit the floor with her.
'It is never nice under the circumstances but I’ll do my upmost to help Artem and Holly out and I’m really excited to have the opportunity to dance with Holly.'
Artem - who won the show last year with his partner, Kara Tointon - who he is currently dating - said he is hoping to out of the show for just one week.
Last weekend he amazingly got through an energetic jive with Holly - which he had been forced to change at the last minute due to his injury.
But despite the immense pain he was in, the pair managed to impress the panel and earned a score of 34 out of 40 – the second-highest of the night.