Ali Bastian had to force her black foot into a shoe to dance on Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday night, dancer Darren Bennett has revealed.

Darren, whose partner Lynda Bellingham has already been voted off the show, said Ali’s heroic performance this weekend deserved to keep her in the competition.

He said: “How she danced at all was a miracle, her whole foot was completely black.”

He added: “A lot of people say they are faking an injury but I guarantee you the foot was black and she had to force her foot into that shoe.

“Then she had to do a dance off which was even worse but injuries are just part of it all.”

Fellow dancer Lilia Kopylova added: “I’m glad she’s through and gets another chance but she couldn’t do anything else – she had to dance.”

This week, head judge Len Goodman poked fun at the amount of make-up Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli wear for the show.

And Lilia agreed, joking: “I’m sure their make up bags are bigger than mine.”