Dancer Debbie, 59, has been one of Strictly Come Dancing‘s hot favourites to win as she high-kicked her way into viewers’ hearts.
The limber magician’s assistant has often topped the leaderboard with her show-stopping routines with professional dancer Giovanni Pernice.
Her tango was so seamless, even the famously acid-tongued Craig Revel-Horwood couldn’t help but take a bow as she scored top marks from the judges.
However, Debbie is reportedly feeling the strain for the show’s semi-finals, which see the remaining couples perform two dances for the panel.
The week has been particularly difficult for the show’s breakout star, as Debbie has also juggled rehearsing for her panto stint in Beauty and the Beast at York’s Grand Opera Hotel.
An insider explained: “It’s been Debbie and Giovanni’s toughest week. It all got a bit much. There have been tears.
“Debbie has had to combine full days of Beauty and the Beast with intense dance rehearsals in the evening.
“Giovanni has been pushing he to make sure her performance is the best it can be on Saturday.
“I’ve been so out of breath this week it is unreal!”
“With this being the week before the final, the pressure is well and truly on.”
The source continued to The Sun: “She’s absolutely exhausted, but she’s confident she’ll be able to pull it off again on Saturday.”
Debbie discussed her gruelling training session earlier this week on Strictly spin-off show, It Takes Two.
Speaking to host Zoe Ball, partner Giovanni explained: “Things have been really tight because Debbie has been really busy this week.
“Next week she’s going to be even busier.
Debbie added: “I’m doing half a day of panto rehearsals learning my lines and everything, and the rest with Giovanni.
“I’ve been so out of breath this week it is unreal.“
Giovanni then praised his partner for being a “superwoman”, saying he wouldn’t be able to do what she does.
Debbie may find her schedule even tighter should the second-favourite to win the competition make it to the final.
Debbie’s role as the Fairy Godmother in panto starts on December 17, merely one day after the show ends.
McGee faces stiff competition from the rest of the semi-finalists, with this year’s Strictly still wide open.
New favourite to scoop the Glitterball trophy is Holby City star Joe McFadden, with bookmakers Betway offering evens for him being crowned the Strictly champion.
Strictly Come Dancing continues tonight at 6.45pm on BBC One.
Reps for Debbie and Strictly have been contacted for comment.