The comedian – who was struck with Covid-19 this week – revealed exclusively to OK! that she hoped to return and has now been given the green light back into the competition, sharing with her followers her delight as she reunites with dance partner, Graziano Di Prima.
In a photo Judi posted to Instagram Stories, Judi is seen stood next to her dance partner at the Strictly studios, as they both sport the widest grins showing clearly how happy they are to be back together.
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“See you tomorrow!” the comedian captioned as she reposted images and videos from fans who were equally as excited to see her back.
Judi continued to thrill her followers by uploading a video Saturday afternoon of the moment she reunited with Graziano before the weekend shows.
In the clip she is seen knocking on a Strictly dressing room door as she calls out for him:
“Oh my gosh, I’m back. I’m back, Graz! Let me in its me!”
Seconds later, Graziano opens up the door and appears in the video beaming at Judi in genuine delight.
“And I’ve been here waiting for you!” He replied.
Professional dancer Graziano also captured this meeting, posting a video to his Instagram of himself and Judi embracing in their dressing room.
“Finally, we are back together! Are you ready for tomorrow?” He asked Judi, to which she replied:
“Yes I am!”
“Oh, I’ve missed you so much!” Graziano added kissing Judi sweetly on the cheek.
“I’ve missed my baby,” she responded. “My dancing partner…we’re back!”
This reunion comes after Judi was forced to pull out of the competition this week after testing positive for Covid-19 to the dismay of her beloved fans.
She had been keeping them updated on social media as she experienced virus symptoms, leaving followers concerned as to whether she’d make it back to Strictly this weekend.
“Ok peoples me the one like Judi Love,” Judi wrote on Twitter earlier in the week.
“I don’t even know what day it is. Some kind of motivation day. I just want to say to you guys. Rona is real.
“It’s been a rough couple of days.”
Despite a gruelling week being poorly at home, the 41 year old thanked her Strictly dance training in helping her speed up with her recovery:
“I just want to give thanks that I was doing the little exercise and dancing thing.
“I feel like I’m handling it much better than I would have had if I hadn’t been doing little exercise and little sweat.”