Giovanni Pernice and Amanda Abbington on Strictly It Takes Two

Strictly stars Giovanni Pernice and Amanda Abbington address claims they’re not getting on: ‘It’s a difficult process’

The pair discussed how they really feel on It Takes Two…

Strictly contestants Giovanni Pernice and Amanda Abbington have addressed claims they’re not getting on, admitting it’s “difficult”.

It was previously reported that the BBC show was in chaos after Amanda threatened to quit due to her partner’s “aggressive behaviour” during training. But now they’ve set the rumours straight.

Speaking to host Janette Manrara on Strictly: It Takes Two, Amanda said Giovanni is a “good teacher”. “He’s really disciplined and he tells me like it is, and I need that because I found out that I’m actually quite lazy,” the actress explained.

After Janette asked: “You’re getting along like a house on fire in rehearsals, right?” Amanda said they “laugh a lot” and “have the same sense of humour”. She added: “We’re having a great time.”

Amanda Abbington and Giovanni Pernice on It Takes Two
Amanda Abbington and Giovanni Pernice have addressed claims they don’t get on (Credit: BBC)

Giovanni Pernice admits it’s been ‘difficult’

Giovanni then added: “We do have a good time. But at the same time it’s a difficult process. Especially for people who have never done Strictly before. I always say it’s a marathon not a sprint. The first few weeks, it is difficult. It’s a lot of hours to train, it’s a lot of hours you have to concentrate.”

However, he admitted that performing on a Saturday evening is “so rewarding”.

Giovanni Pernice on Strictly It Takes Two
Giovanni admitted it’s been ‘difficult’ (Credit: BBC)

Ahead of Strictly’s first live show on Saturday (September 23), The Sun reported that Amanda was allegedly unhappy with Giovanni’s “militant” attitude to training.

A source alleged to the publication: “Giovanni is a hard taskmaster and takes the competition very, very seriously. Sometimes his manner is incredibly brusque and this can upset his partners. Amanda was really looking forward to dancing with him, but has found his aggressive training style and attitude pretty difficult to handle.

“He is quite militant in his approach to training. She’s been left very shaken, and has liaised with her team about quitting. It has become far more stressful than she ever imagined and at the moment things between them are incredibly tense.”

Amanda Abbington and Giovanni Pernice in Strictly rehearsals
Amanda said Giovanni is disciplined (Credit: BBC)

At the time, Amanda took to Instagram in an expletive-filled rant to shut down the reports.

“Ignoring the [bleep] because clearly people are [bleep]s,” she said. “Just stop it, stop it, grow up. No one gives a [bleep]. Shut up, it’s [bleep], so [bleep] off.”

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