Giovanni Pernice breaks silence after fourth Strictly star comes forward

by 24britishtvApril 1, 2024, 10:40 p.m. 21
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Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice has spoken out after a fourth star from the BBC show made claims against him. Fellow Strictly star Anton Du Beke has shown his support for Giovanni as he shared a message with fans.

Giovanni, 33, a professional dancer, has been in the middle of a dispute about his behaviour on the popular BBC dance show. He was paired with actress Amanda Abbington in the most recent series, who left halfway through.

The Sherlock actress said she left due to health reasons and later revealed she had been diagnosed with PTSD. Get the best user experience with WalesOnline’s Premium app on Apple or Android.

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Reports suggest that Amanda has asked to see behind-the-scenes footage from her time dancing with Giovanni. Since their disagreement became public, it is believed other former Strictly partners of Giovanni have come forward.

Amanda reportedly met with Giovanni's past dance partners Ranvir Singh and Laura Whitmore to talk about their experiences working with him. There are also new reports suggesting that Steps star Faye Tozer found it difficult to work with him, reports the Mirror.

Giovanni might not be back on the show because some people say he's "too intense" to work with. The Sun was told: "Giovanni has a meeting with Strictly on Thursday about his return later this year. They have not received any official complaints and are backing him. He is an accomplished pro dancer and it's expected he will be taking his place in the formal line-up when it's announced later this month." But then someone speaking for the show said to them: "The pro dancers for 2024 will be announced in due course."

After hearing that Faye had a tough time dancing with him, Giovanni spoke up. He put a picture on Instagram with Anton, a judge on Strictly, and wrote: "Another amazing journey with my best friend @mrantondubeke come to the end tonight at 8pm on @bbcone .! Last episode of our latest tv series ! Thank you so much for watching and if you missed you can still catch up on @bbciplayer ! Question ... where next?"

Giovanni and Anton talked to The Mirror about Amanda leaving the show, and it was the first time they said anything about it. On the Invite Only podcast, Giovanni said: "I am a perfectionist, 100%, but it comes from a perspective of caring. I think all of the professional dancers are in the same place. In every single part of the world, if you're a professional dancer on one of these shows, you have to get these people looking the best they can on Saturday night.

"And if we have good scores at the end, I do look back and say, 'I've done a great job'. But we all care about our partners and we want that for them every single week to look great on a Saturday. There's no specific way that you are, or have to be with your celebrity. You make the most of their strengths so the only thing that's constant is the fact that you have to do a show on Saturday night."

Anton added: "I thought you and Amanda were marvellous. I thought you were terrific. I remember a few years ago, Kelvin Fletcher came in and danced in week one, and it was amazing. As a judge, you sit there and you don't know what it's going to be like. And then you go, like, 'Stone the crows, that was rather good'. And you're a bit overwhelmed by it because normally, it takes a little bit of time. But Kelvin was terrific straight away. And I thought Amanda was the same. She was terrific straight away."

Giovanni has garnered the support of former Strictly partner and close Friend, Rose Ayling-Ellis. In showing his support for her, he penned down three black love heart emojis on her latest Instagram post. Michelle Visage did not hesitate to show her support in a recent post on social media as well. Giovanni was caught locking lips with her while she turned up to lend a hand during his Let Me Entertain You tour.

Michelle, a previous contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, confessed last year that Giovanni was the "toughest pro on the show", but she appreciated his strict approach. Speaking on This Morning, she said: "I don't like gossip, so I'm not here to gossip, but what I can say from my experience was yes, he's tough. He's probably the toughest pro there is. I wanted that. So it depends, some people can handle that, some people don't want to handle that. I wanted that." She added: "We fought every day, and it was for good reason because we got to where we wanted to be, we looked beautiful together." You can keep up to date with the latest TV and showbiz news by signing up to the newsletter .

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