Kerry Katona ‘scared to death’ doing panto amid rising Covid cases

Kerry Katona has admitted she is "scared to death" of continuing to perform in panto amid the rapidly rising Covid cases.

Writing in her weekly new! column, the former Atomic Kitten singer says starring in Sleeping Beauty at Oldham's Queen Elizabeth Hall has left her "worried" and wondering why there aren't stricter restrictions in place. Here, she also opens up about her daughter Molly coming home for Christmas and why she doesn't think she'll make a return to panto next year. Sign up – for free! – to see what she has to say.

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Scary Times

I’ve always enjoyed doing panto, but I’m not going to lie, this time I’m scared to death with all these new Covid cases.

I want to be at home with my children as I’m scared of an outbreak happening within the cast.

We’re not even in bubbles like last year, so it’s a worry. What I can’t get my head around is why there aren’t stricter restrictions in place, when Covid is so rife right now.

I can’t understand why we’re not in lockdown, to be honest.

Party Pooper

In normal times, I’d be celebrating the festive season with my panto family. We would probably go for a nice Christmas meal, but it’s just too risky this year.

I think everyone is in the same boat – we just want to finish our performances and get home to be with our families.

I don’t want to jeopardise my Christmas at home.

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Molly's Return

Our Molly is flying home this week. I won’t stop worrying until she’s back at home where she belongs.

But soon enough, Christmas will be here, and we’ll all be under the same roof, enjoying some time together.

I had Covid at Christmas last year, and it was horrible. It knocked me out for two months.

That’s why this year has to be extra special – I have some making up to do as I was so ill last year.

The Big Day

I’m so excited about Christmas. I have the day off so I’ll go home after my show is finished on Christmas Eve, get all my presents wrapped and start prepping the veg.

On the day itself, we’ll all wake up in the morning, open up some champagne, and film the kids’ faces when they’re opening their pressies.

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We’ll stay in our cosy pyjamas all day as we just chill around the house, watch Christmas films and have amazing food.

There’s nothing better than spending Christmas with family. We’ll also have my mum with us this year – it’ll be lovely for the kids to have her around.

Farewell, Panto

I don’t think I want to do panto next year.

I absolutely love being a part of it and performing on stage, but this year has really made me think about how much it leads to me missing out on.

I do love making people laugh and smile, but I miss all the build-up to Christmas.

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