STRICTLY Come Dancing star Craig Kelly has resorted to acupuncture to help him keep off the cigarettes.


The Coronation Street actor stopped smoking four years ago but the pressure of appearing on Strictly drove him back to the deadly habit.

However all the puffing sent his heart racing and left him fighting for breath – so he turned to the Chinese needle treatment to help kick the habit and steady his nerves.

Craig, 38, saw a specialist before last week’s Foxtrot and had tiny needles stuck into specific points of his body to relieve stress.

The therapy helped Craig, who plays The Street’s Luke Strong, to relax even during the tense dance-off against Oxo mum Lynda Bellingham, who was later voted off.

He said: “The fear drives you to work ridiculously hard.

“I’ve had acupuncture for my nerves just to calm me down a bit because my adrenaline was so pumped up before the show.

“I was smoking four or five discount cigarettes before I went on and I couldn’t figure out why my heart was racing.

“I did that for the first three weeks and I didn’t put two and two together. But I’ve learnt that me and cigarettes before a live show don’t go. I had acupuncture before the Foxtrot and it really helped. I was more relaxed and I had a different outlook on it. Before the acupuncture, I didn’t need an alarm clock, I would wake up at 5am every day with thoughts of me falling flat on my face.” Craig and partner Flavia, 29, have come under fire from the judges for “lacklustre” performances.

source: http://www.express.co.uk

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