Giovanni Pernice could face formal complaint as ex Strictly partners meet up to share ‘difficult experiences’
Posted by  badge Boss on Mar 18
Giovanni Pernice and Amanda Abbington bowed out of Strictly Come Dancing early, with her citing ‘personal reasons’ at the time (Picture: BBC)

Days after he broke his silence, professional ’s dispute with former co-star has reportedly escalated.

The Sherlock actress the dance competition mid-way through the last series, citing ‘personal reasons’ at the time.

What followed, however, were from Amanda’s camp, with reports surfacing that her Strictly experience

Now, it’s been claimed she met with two of Giovanni’s former dance partners to ‘compare notes’ about their experiences with him.

Presenter and Good Morning Britain’s are said to have had an ’emotional summit’ with the 52-year-old over possibly making a formal complaint.

An insider told : ‘There is every possibility all three could take it further and formally complain to the BBC, but for now they’re comforting each other. Only a handful of people will understand what it’s like to be trained by Giovanni and in the industry he is regarded as a ”perfectionist”.’

The Italian pro said it’s a ‘shame’ how things have ended up (Picture: PA)

Apparently, the three women cried as they discussed their experiences, with Laura dancing in 2016 and .

Reportedly, and did not feel comfortable dancing with the 33-year-old professional dancer.

The source added: ‘There is some shock that the BBC appears to be doing nothing. Like Amanda, Ranvir also flagged an issue during training with Giovanni and said she was unhappy.’ 

However, a source close to Giovanni told the publication: ‘Gio finds some of these allegations deeply unfair and offensive. He believes he’s done nothing wrong, and simply wants to get the best out of his partners.’

This comes days after Giovanni commented for the first time which came when Amanda failed to single him out or mention her pro partner at all in her exit Instagram post.

Laura Whitmore and Giovanni spent 12 hours a day together on set (Picture: BBC)
Ranvir Singh reportedly complained while on the show (Picture: BBC)

It was also claimed that Giovanni was ‘annoyed’ following Amanda’s exit and that he heard about it from a producer, hours before the news broke to the world.

At the time, contacted Giovanni’s representatives, who said: ‘This story is nonsense.’

This week, speaking on  podcast alongside friend and  Anton Du Beke, Giovanni said: ‘It’s a shame because, in my opinion, [Amanda] could have gone all the way.’

Anton, 57, added: ‘I thought you and Amanda were marvellous.’

‘I thought you were terrific,’ he praised, comparing her talents to those of 2019 winner Kelvin Fletcher.

Following accusations made against his teaching style, Giovanni admitted that was a ‘perfectionist’, but did not use the word ‘militant’, as has been reported.

Giovanni admitted to being a ‘perfectionist’ with his teaching style (Picture: PA)

He added that came from a ‘perspective of caring’, believing all pro dancers and choreographers are the same.

‘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,’ he said.

‘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.’

The Italian star continued: ‘There’s no specific way that you are, or have to be with your celebrity.

Amanda has said her time on Strictly left her with PTSD (Picture: PA)

‘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.’ 

Giovanni’s name was noticeably absent from Amanda’s thank you spiel when

She wrote on Instagram at the time that the decision had not come ‘easily or lightly’.

‘It is with deepest regret that I had to leave Strictly. I did not come to this decision easily or lightly but for personal reasons I am unable to continue… I’m so sad that I am unable to go any further,’ she penned.

She later said to : ‘I was diagnosed with mild PTSD after Strictly for several reasons and I told a few people about that, in the utmost confidence, among other things that were happening in my life at the time both professionally and personally.’

At one point, Giovani and Amanda were hot favourites to make the final (Picture: BBC/Guy Levy)

Amanda – who has never directly addressed the speculation that there was beef between her and Giovanni – was reportedly ‘left broken and saddened’ by her time on Strictly.

A source also claimed at the start of the year that the Mr Selfridge actress had requested video footage of her rehearsals with Giovanni and 

They claimed she was ‘really stressed by having to spend eight hours a day with Giovanni’ and

Giovanni waswho can be ‘incredibly full-on.’

Speaking on The One Show not long after the harsh headlines landed, Giovanni – a long-standing a firm favourite pro on Strictly – told host Alex Jones that he trains ‘to be the best’, especially as the contestants ‘only have one week’ to learn routines. has reached out to the BBC, Giovanni, Amanda, Ranvir, and Laura for comment.