JORDAN Banjo struggled to walk alone without crutches after quickly returning to The Greatest Dancer after knee surgery.
The 26-year-old broke the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee and broke the area after landing poorly on his wrist following a movement with his dance group Diversity.
The former presenter of Dancing On Ice has undergone a series of operations and documented his recovery in social media.
However, the star admitted that his operation was badly hit by his youngest company because he was unable to get on his knee without stepping into the opening rhythm of the BBC One after just a few steps.
He spoke exclusively to The Sun Online and said, "Where I was being operated, I could not dance in the opening number.
"Even as we were rehearsing, all of me and Alesha (Dixon) had to be worried, and at the very end it went through the two corridors the performers were making as they walked down trying to break with a bit of style I took about two steps and my knee gave way. "
Jordan was relentless, he did not want to have his leg in a brace or stand on crutches when he returned to work after surgery, and with the help of physiotherapists he could walk again.
He explained, "I was on crutches and my physiotherapist managed to walk me for the live shows again, so I did not want to be in a legrest and crutch at the live shows.
I have to run.
"Because I could walk again and the swelling started to go, you forget that it does not hurt, now you're carried away."
Things got worse when Jordan's knee did not recover in time and "gave in".
He added, "And there we go, it gave way again, it's really annoying."
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But Jordan insisted that Cheryl was the "most emotional" panelist.
He said, "Cheryl was very emotional from the performances a couple of times, and I think that's because she really did invest in her acts, she really does invest a lot of time, work, and love in her, and she wants her to do well when they get off, it's overwhelming. "
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Jordan – the son of Cassius and expects his second child with his girlfriend Naomi – is on alert if the wife of his brother Ashley soon goes to work because he wants to be there to support his sibling.
He said, "It's funny because I have my little boy home, my girlfriend is pregnant now, and Ash's wife is literally giving birth that the baby could come anytime in the next few weeks.
"It's very baby-oriented in the Banjo family tree, everyone is so excited that he's waiting for the call, when it's going to happen.
"When I get a call after the end of the live shows, I'm in my car and heading straight to the hospital to make sure everything is okay."
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