'Strictly' star Kelvin Fletcher considers sickness pills to cope with Viennese Waltz

Julia Hunt
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Kelvin Fletcher at Brands Hatch on April 3, 2016 in Longfield, England. (Ker Robertson/Getty Images)

Strictly’s Kelvin Fletcher has said he might have to resort to travel sickness pills because of the spins in his latest routine.

The former Emmerdale actor – who is considered to be a strong contender for the Glitterball trophy on the BBC show – has been struggling with the twirls in his Viennese Waltz and has even thrown up.

Speaking on the Strictly Come Dancing podcast, he said: I was sick for the first time on Monday.

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“That has always been my biggest fear with anything ballroom.

“With the waltz, especially the Viennese Waltz, it looks so beautiful and effortless and flows.

"But the spins, they look so stunning but I just fear them because the minute I start spinning my head goes dizzy and on Monday I was in the toilet and it wasn’t pretty.”

Fletcher, who is partnered with Oti Mabuse on the programme, said fellow contestant Mike Bushell had suggested he take some medication to help him get through the challenging routine.

He said: “Mike mentioned that I should take them anti sickness tablets, like travel sickness tablets and the little band.

“I might have to give that a go.”

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The soap star recently revealed he had lost 11lbs since starting training for the competition, despite eating 3,000 calories a day.

He said he gets up at 5am so he can hit the gym before going into a 12 hour dance rehearsal with Mabuse at 10am.

Fletcher, 35, told GQ: “There’s a chance to get lunch where I try and get a lot of carbs. I’m on my feet all day. It’s quite tiring, so I’ve always been quite pro carbs - I think they’re a great thing. I probably eat about 2,500-3,000 calories.

“Carbs get a bad press, but they’re pretty important. I’ve stayed pretty lean, I’m about five kilos [11lbs] lighter than I was a couple of months ago. Which is fine, I think – it helps with the dancing.”