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I Can't Keep It Covered Up Any Longer!

Strictly's Erin Boag reveals the real reason she's not on this year's show.

I can't keep it covered up any longer... There's been much speculation about my absence from this year's Strictly Come Dancing, but I can now reveal the real reason why I turned down appearing on this year's show... Yes, I'm truly excited and delighted to say… I'm pregnant!

My husband Peter and I are expecting the arrival of our first child in the spring of next year. It's such a relief to be able to tell all, as it's been 'strictly mum's the word' these past few months! Another reason for being so quiet is that I have been battling with terrible morning sickness – I don't know why it's called "morning" sickness as I had it morning, noon and night!!!

My career is such an important part of my life, however with ten series of Strictly under my belt, it just felt the right time.

Before baby arrives, amongst other things, Anton and I will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall this Christmas with 'Anton & Erin's Christmas Cracker' (I'm sure those gorgeous gowns might need a bit of letting-out by then!).

As some of you will know, Anton and I have been fortunate to perform our sell-out UK tours for the past five years but for obvious reasons I won't be able to perform this time - though I will be helping Anton prepare for, and supporting him on his solo tour which launches early next year.

And after baby's born?... I'll be back dancing just as soon as my body and fitness allows! Anton and I already have bookings in place for next year, and I'm particularly delighted to say we're planning a big come-back tour for 2015! So there's plenty to look forward to, as you all now know – especially the pitter-patter of tiny feet too.

Be sure to keep up with my news on my personal blog and by following me on twitter!

Lots of love,



24-Oct-2013 12:55 PM

Hello Erin

Firstly congratulations on your pregnancy!!!! Secondly I really am sad to see that you wont be back onStrictly as a professional, this years show just isn't the same. Please encourage Anton to stay with strictly he is fantastic. I really hope that it is not the complete end of you and Strictly and that you will still be involved in some way with the show. Maybe a guest appearance or more on the sunday night show when they have a musical performer.

Enjoy motherhood and hope to see you back on strictly in the future.


25-Oct-2013 07:36 PM

Congratulations Erin and Peter!
Such good news and I am always happy to be proved right.
I said you were pregnant as soon as I knew you weren't taking part in Strictly this year!

And love to the grandparents in New Zealand, Robert once seen, never forgotten. They will be very proud.


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