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He’s charmed viewers with his down-to-earth attitude and impressive performances with dance partner Amy Dowden.

But, JJ Chalmers, 33, has been secretly battling through pain after a piece of shrapnel embedded in his leg became infected, shortly before his Strictly Come Dancing stint began.

The star, who was injured in a bomb blast while serving in Afghanistan, has been managing the infection since the beginning of the series, but the pain intensified again this week.

Ouch! JJ Chalmers, 33, has been secretly battling through pain after a piece of shrapnel embedded in his leg became infected, shortly before his Strictly Come Dancing stint began

Ouch! JJ Chalmers, 33, has been secretly battling through pain after a piece of shrapnel embedded in his leg became infected, shortly before his Strictly Come Dancing stint began

Ouch! JJ Chalmers, 33, has been secretly battling through pain after a piece of shrapnel embedded in his leg became infected, shortly before his Strictly Come Dancing stint began

A source told the Mirror the flair up could be down to the ‘constant rubbing’ associated with practising the Viennese Waltz, which he is performing this week with partner Amy Dowden.

But JJ told the publication: ‘Whilst there’s a level of pain and sensitivity with it, it’s not anything I’m not used to… These are just the genuine side effects of being alive, that’s the simplest way I can put it.

‘Until it gets to you know, an unbearable point or a really discomforting point, I’m not going to allow it to stop me doing what I love doing. And right now that’s dancing. 

‘But on the flip side, it might seem quite alarming to people that I’ve done most of this competition with an infection in my leg but that’s just the reality of what happens with this particular piece of shrapnel until they remove it.’

Painful: The star, who was injured in a bomb blast while serving in Afghanistan, has been managing the infection since the start of the series, but the pain intensified again this week

Painful: The star, who was injured in a bomb blast while serving in Afghanistan, has been managing the infection since the start of the series, but the pain intensified again this week

Painful: The star, who was injured in a bomb blast while serving in Afghanistan, has been managing the infection since the start of the series, but the pain intensified again this week

Innovative: The news of his infected leg comes as it was revealed that Strictly's wardrobe team have made an adult babygrow to stop him flashing viewers while dancing in a kilt this weekend

Innovative: The news of his infected leg comes as it was revealed that Strictly's wardrobe team have made an adult babygrow to stop him flashing viewers while dancing in a kilt this weekend

Innovative: The news of his infected leg comes as it was revealed that Strictly’s wardrobe team have made an adult babygrow to stop him flashing viewers while dancing in a kilt this weekend

The news of his infected leg comes as it was revealed that Strictly’s wardrobe team have made an adult babygrow to stop him flashing viewers while dancing in a kilt this weekend.

The Scottish ex-Royal Marines Commando told The Sun: ‘A lot of people are asking if I’m going to be a true Scotsman or if I’m going to be going commando — which I’m entitled to both I suppose!

‘Wardrobe have sewn underwear into the bottom of my shirt. This ensures there will be no wardrobe malfunction on the night.

‘This being the Viennese waltz, there’s a lot of spinning. I’ve practiced in my kilt and it does rise up slightly.’

Cameo: Prince Harry, 36, surprised Strictly Come Dancing viewers during a recent appearance on the show to wish his friend JJ Chalmers good luck by video

Cameo: Prince Harry, 36, surprised Strictly Come Dancing viewers during a recent appearance on the show to wish his friend JJ Chalmers good luck by video

Cameo: Prince Harry, 36, surprised Strictly Come Dancing viewers during a recent appearance on the show to wish his friend JJ Chalmers good luck by video

Surprise: The royal, made his first public appearance in the UK since he and his wife Meghan Markle stepped down as senior members of the royal family earlier this year

Surprise: The royal, made his first public appearance in the UK since he and his wife Meghan Markle stepped down as senior members of the royal family earlier this year

Surprise: The royal, made his first public appearance in the UK since he and his wife Meghan Markle stepped down as senior members of the royal family earlier this year

A couple of weeks ago, Prince Harry, 36, surprised Strictly Come Dancing viewers as he made an appearance on Saturday night’s show to wish his JJ good luck by video.

The Duke of Sussex made his first TV appearance in the UK since he and his wife Meghan Markle stepped down as senior members of the royal family earlier this year. 

Prince Harry greeted JJ and professional dancer Amy Dowden on video, saying: ‘Nice tan JJ! When I first met JJ he was a shell of himself but then to see you shine through Invictus and to be yourself again, that was the start of an amazing journey.’

JJ, who performed a jive to Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy by Bette Midler, told viewers: ‘The simple fact is, if Prince Harry had not created the Invictus Games, I wouldn’t have had that moment to change my life forever.’ 

JJ told viewers: 'The simple fact is, if Prince Harry had not created the Invictus Games, I wouldn't have had that moment to change my life forever' (pictured with Amy Dowden)

JJ told viewers: 'The simple fact is, if Prince Harry had not created the Invictus Games, I wouldn't have had that moment to change my life forever' (pictured with Amy Dowden)

JJ told viewers: ‘The simple fact is, if Prince Harry had not created the Invictus Games, I wouldn’t have had that moment to change my life forever’ (pictured with Amy Dowden)

Friendship: Prince Harry and JJ met following the Royal Marine's injuries after an explosion when he was serving in Afghanistan

Friendship: Prince Harry and JJ met following the Royal Marine's injuries after an explosion when he was serving in Afghanistan

Friendship: Prince Harry and JJ met following the Royal Marine’s injuries after an explosion when he was serving in Afghanistan

Harry then added: ‘You’re definitely having an impact on society now especially when you’re wearing those tight blue shorts and the socks pulled up.

‘It doesn’t get better than that! I’m genuinely proud. You’re not a dancer, proving that you can actually do whatever you put your mind to which is amazing.’ 

Prince Harry and JJ met following the Royal Marine’s service in Afghanistan where he was injured in a bomb blast in 2011, with the pair bonding over their shared experiences in the armed forces. 

JJ said that he ‘should be in a box in the ground’ after nearly dying when an IED exploded near him causing him to suffer a crushed eye socket, burst eardrums and the loss of two fingers.

Harry said: 'When I first met JJ he was a shell of himself but then to see you shine through Invictus and to be yourself again, that was the start of an amazing journey'

Harry said: 'When I first met JJ he was a shell of himself but then to see you shine through Invictus and to be yourself again, that was the start of an amazing journey'

Harry said: ‘When I first met JJ he was a shell of himself but then to see you shine through Invictus and to be yourself again, that was the start of an amazing journey’

The TV presenter joined the Royal Marines Reserve in 2005 before quitting teaching and transferring to the ­regular service in 2010. 

JJ formed such a close friendship with Harry that he and his wife Kornelia were invited to all three parts of his wedding to Meghan in May 2018. 

Harry helped JJ during his recovery and the paralympic athlete later took part in the Invictus Games where he took home a gold medal in cycling. 

How is Strictly 2020 going ahead during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Strictly Come Dancing has introduced an array of strict measures to ensure the new series can go ahead during the COVID-19 crisis.

Celebrity contestants and their professional partners are tested regularly, with cast and crew told to isolate should they contract the virus.

Bosses have already confirmed any celebrity that tests positive once the series begins will be dropped from the show, with reports saying there are celebrities on stand-by.

The professional dancers have already pre-recorded their group performances after isolating together in a hotel.

It’s also been claimed that celebrities and pros will be axed from the show if they are caught kissing during filming.

Strictly 2020 has also seen the series run shortened to just nine weeks, with 12 celebrities taking part instead of the usual 15.

The show’s annual trip to Blackpool has been cancelled, along with this year’s Halloween and Christmas specials.

Only three judges – Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse – will be in the studio with separate rostrums, after Bruno Tonioli was unable to appear due to travel concerns. 

Veteran judge Bruno has said he will be ‘involved remotely’ and hopes to return full-time towards the end of the series as he is filming the US version of the show in Los Angeles. 

With limited studio crew, big sets may not be built – so producers will use augmented reality, which adds computer-generated elements.

To ensure the contestants can work closely with their partners, they will ‘bubble up’ to train, along with being tested regularly. 

Strictly will still feature a live audience, however fans will sit in groups on separate tables, and will only attend if from the same household or bubble.

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