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Strictly’s sizzling showdown: Star shuns Giovanni Pernice, Amanda Abbington hunts for rehearsal footage



The Strictly Come Dancing saga continues as Giovanni Pernice, 33, finds himself in yet another feud with a former dance partner, Richie Anderson, 36. Speculations of a fallout between the duo surfaced when they noticeably sat apart during their appearance on It Takes Two. The plot thickened as Anderson, a BBC Radio 2 presenter, took a significant step by unfollowing the Italian ballroom pro on Instagram, a move not reciprocated by Pernice.

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This clash adds to a string of conflicts involving Giovanni, including Sherlock star Amanda Abbington’s revelation about her struggles and PTSD following her training with him. Joining the chorus of discontent, GMB’s Ranvir Singh and former Steps singer Faye Tozer have reportedly expressed dissatisfaction with their experiences partnering with the Sicilian dancer. Laura Whitmore, a former Love Island presenter, also disclosed feeling emotionally strained during her time with Giovanni.

Sunlight was shed on a secret meeting held by show bosses last year regarding Giovanni’s conduct, though no actions were taken. Despite concerns raised by various stars, including Amanda’s call for rehearsal room cameras due to apprehensions about his attitude, the BBC stands by Pernice, resisting any formal investigation.

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Insiders claim discontent among professionals and crew, advocating for measures against Giovanni’s behaviour, considering the distress experienced by multiple partners. Amanda’s demand for rehearsal footage, supported by legal advice, adds fuel to the escalating tension.

In Giovanni’s defence, a close source highlights his frustration, deeming allegations unfair and offensive. He has received backing from producers amidst recent events, attributing much of the negativity to professional jealousy among fellow dancers. Giovanni maintains his innocence, asserting his commitment to bringing out the best in his partners, amid the ongoing controversy.


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