Strictly Come Dancing star shocks fans with painful procedure just hours before next show

Strictly Come Dancing star Karen Hauer has left her fans worried after she underwent an intense session of cupping therapy on Friday, 13 October, only 24 hours before the next live show kicks off on BBC One.

The 41 year old Venezuelan professional dancer showed her fans the reality of the treatment, as she lay face-down with cups placed all over her back.

Her flesh looked red raw, but the star told her followers that she was pleased as she also underwent a form of acupuncture at the same time.

"Baby got back. @dareyl #cuppingtherapy #acupuncture," she captioned the post.

"We hope you are OK for Saturday," one worried fan shared in the comments, while another joked that they initially thought the image showed baked goods instead.

"At first glance I thought they were cakes – Shows where my mind always is," they laughed, as a series of people responded "me too" underneath.

Others were more concerned about Karen undergoing the treatment right before she gets back on the dance floor with her celebrity partner and comedian Eddie Kadi this weekend.

"Don’t be wearing a backless dress this weekend #bruises," one Strictly fan wrote. While another follower shared: "This looks painful xx"

"Ouch," a third posted, followed by: "It looks horrific."

"I’ve had that done, you are going to be covered in bruises," another fan added.

It comes as some fans have become convinced that a feud is quietly brewing between Karen and Strictly head judge Shirley Ballas.

While the Queen of Latin gave Eddie and Karen the incredible first 10 of the series for their epic street dance couples' choice to the Men in Black theme tune, the week before was a very different story.

As Karen opted to choreograph a slightly different style of Cha Cha dance for her celeb contestant, the judges weren't impressed, and Shirley in particular had some serious criticisms on the performance.

At one stage, it appeared that Karen was going to argue her stance on the matter, but thought better of it, later explaining her position in interviews on It Takes Two and Good Morning Britain.

Speaking alongside her dance partner, Karen explained on GMB: "I think the judges had a different vision of what was happening. And obviously the way that we were expressing ourselves with the Cha Cha was not what they are used to seeing in the show.

"But it was a bit different for us, we wanted to enjoy ourselves. We wanted to show a different side to the Cha Cha. But the fact that it all turned around – that's the amazing thing about Strictly though," Karen added.

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturdays at 6.20pm on BBC One

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