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'Dancing on Ice' Heidi Range: 'Quitting would have been devastating'

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Heidi Range has said that she was "distraught" at the possibility of having to quit Dancing on Ice over an early injury.

The Sugababes singer was told that she may have sustained a broken wrist in an "awkward fall" prior to the launch of the ITV contest, potentially forcing her out of the competition like original partner Sylvain Longchambon and co-stars Keith Chegwin and Chesney Hawkes.

Heidi Range and Andrei Lipanov

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"They took me straight to hospital, where I was sobbing as they told me they thought it was broken," she told The Mirror. "I was distraught at the thought of having to quit the show, but luckily it wasn't broken.

"The bone had just come out of the joint. The physio is like a magician and she managed to twist it in a funny way and shove it back in.

"It's become so frequent I've got used to being in pain. I'm almost expecting to be carrying an ice pack, heat pack, stitches - I've stopped being shocked... I'm at the stage where as long as the bones aren't broken I'm fine with it."

Heidi Range and Andrei Lipanov

© Ken McKay/Rex Features



Range also opened up about Longchambon's devastating bicep injury, which occurred during their last training session before Christmas.

"We'd just started skating and out of nowhere he ruptured his bicep, right at the beginning of the routine," she said. "That's when I met [new partner] Andrei Lipanov. We only had about six days of training before the first show so I did worry we would struggle.

"I was upset. You get really close to your partner and spend and lot of time together building up trust. So to then be lifted up into the air by someone different is terrifying."

Range stated in the same interview that Dancing on Ice had been "a great distraction" from her break-up with ex-fiancé Dave Berry.

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