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Strictly Come Dancing 2024 (Series 22)

Strictly has just celebrated its 20th anniversary and the after much speculation it has been widely reported that Giovanni has SENSATIONALLY QUIT.

There's speculation about legal action from Amanda Abbington who felt bullied after pulling out and creating a DANCE DISASTER and Ranvir Singh and Laura Whitmore also had unhappy experiences on the show with Giovanni. There were also stories about his behaviour towards Faye Tozer and Michelle Visage.

There's a fine line between demanding excellence and just being an abusive twat and Giovanni has apparently crossed the line.

I wonder if Rose Ayling Ellis was different because she was always paired with a chaperone to translate?

Anyway if Giovanni does quit will the gurning ginger guy replace him or will they get a new pro in?

Celebrity wise it's Olympic year so expect a few Olympians. Tom Daley is a long standing target (just imagine Dustin's waxy face as he rubs crotches with Gorka) and the producers would be desperate for Laura Kenny although she's happy just being at home with her kids now. Maybe non lesbian lioness Steph Houghton who is retiring this summer?

Sara and Keren from Bananarama must have turned it down countless times as they'd not be up for all that work but Siobhan might be up for it. And Susan Ann Sulley from The Human League would do a great paso.

by Anonymousreply 22July 21, 2024 9:42 AM

The BBC are covering the allegations for the first time.

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by Anonymousreply 1May 19, 2024 6:09 PM

The Sun 15 June 2024 - excerpts:

Giovanni Pernice grabbed his crotch in front of dance partners during rehearsals, BBC investigators have been told. He is also facing claims he upset partner Amanda Abbington and other celebrities by making lewd remarks. The BBC inquiry has been told Giovanni’s lewd behaviour wasn’t limited solely to Amanda — he did similar to other dance partners as well. “It’s alleged he would grab his crotch in front of them if they did something good in rehearsals."

”The new claims come after we revealed the BBC was looking into complaints of bullying against Giovanni from three former celebrity partners, including Sherlock actress Amanda and TV presenter Laura Whitmore. Among the other allegations said to have been heard by the BBC inquiry are that a mobile phone was thrown during a training session with Amanda, and her foot was left bruised after being stamped on. She claims her ordeal left her with PTSD — and has come off social media after being targeted by trolls.

Giovanni, who quit the show last month, denies all the allegations.

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by Anonymousreply 2June 16, 2024 1:38 AM

Come on sister, have yourself a ball. Don't be afraid to come dancing. It's only natural.

by Anonymousreply 3June 16, 2024 2:01 AM

Among the judges and pros, it's finally been announced they're all coming back - even Karen, after 12 years on the show and she's over 40.

Well, except one pro who isn't coming back. But will he survive the scandal and keep selling tickets to his tours and continue doing travel series with judge Anton. I think one was planned that has now been nixed.

This is what happens to naughty boys. Eventually.

by Anonymousreply 4June 16, 2024 2:58 AM

Really pleased that Amy Dowden is back. It was great to see her in the group dance in last year's finale. Karen Hauer is essentially pointless at this point but she ticks a demographic box.

The tabloids are enjoying the drip drip drip feed of revelations about Giovanni. The story might bubble away continually without any eruptions or it might overshadow the entire new series. There have been bullying accusations before but the men were called "bad boys" who "clashed" with partners.

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by Anonymousreply 5June 16, 2024 7:31 AM

OMFG the lovely Aljaž Škorjanec is returning to the show!

He's filled out a lot since he last was on the slow and looks all the better for it. Hopefully his annoying wife Jeanette Manrarararara won't be joining him.

by Anonymousreply 6July 8, 2024 6:30 PM

Graziano has been sacked!

Not a good year for Italians on Strictly.

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by Anonymousreply 7July 13, 2024 1:35 PM

It's really not going well for the show ahead of the new series.

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by Anonymousreply 8July 16, 2024 9:42 AM

They're definitely cleaning house. Gio was a bit weird the past two series, like an object lesson in not believing your own hype.

So we get Aljaz back, who my husband and I call the human penis. This should be fun.

by Anonymousreply 9July 16, 2024 9:52 AM

Who are these people?

by Anonymousreply 10July 16, 2024 10:15 AM

Start here, r10.

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by Anonymousreply 11July 16, 2024 10:21 AM

Rev Richard Coles from the Communards says the shwi has a dark heart.

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by Anonymousreply 12July 17, 2024 4:33 PM

I shouldn't be surprised but the vitriol directed at Zara by MOSTLY MIDDLE AGED WOMEN for speaking out has been quite something to see.

Comments being

1. She expects to be trained in dancing, what does she expect

2. She's being paid, what does she expect

3. There are real people suffering

4. Having a handsome man demand high standards of you isn't rape.

by Anonymousreply 13July 17, 2024 6:33 PM

Graziano KICKED Zara.

He KICKED her.

And he's denied spitting at her!

What an appalling thing for Zara to have gone through, to the pretend everything was fine and then pretend she was sad to leave when eventually voted off.

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by Anonymousreply 14July 18, 2024 6:59 PM

Interesting that Visage came out against Gio.

by Anonymousreply 15July 18, 2024 7:07 PM

Graziano is in pieces.

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by Anonymousreply 16July 19, 2024 4:49 AM

Graz had to go, of course (no argument there), but a lot of the people shrieking against him on forums also practically beatify Caroline Flack as a media martyr, even though what she did (hitting her sleeping boyfriend on the head with a bottle) was way more dangerous than anything he did. The pile-on is distasteful, as of course is the ludicrous pile-on against Zara and indeed Amanda. It's the lack of perspective that is off-putting.

by Anonymousreply 17July 19, 2024 5:24 PM

The Sun bumped an old story about Maisie Smith from Eastenders collapsing during training with Gorka with the explanation that she had skipped lunch. Gorka is so lovely I'd be horrified if he was a cunt to work with.

And old quotes from Rachel Riley have resurfaced. She found the Strictly experience so horrible she ended up having counselling at Pasha's suggestion. And she ended up married to Pasha and has 2 kids, and she said she felt sick when she heard the theme tune to the show.

After Pasha quit Rachel Riley also suggested the show was fixed and that storylines were created for the celebrities and scores fixed to make sure people get to the final. She was in the same years as Sophie Ellis Bextor, Abbie Clancy, Susanna Reid and Natalie Gumede.

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by Anonymousreply 18July 19, 2024 8:24 PM

Looks like this is going to affect the production of Dancing With The Stars in America

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by Anonymousreply 19July 20, 2024 9:04 AM

Lost respect for Abbington for selling her story to the Murdoch Sun. She's milking this.

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by Anonymousreply 20July 21, 2024 9:10 AM

Oh fuck off R20.

Amanda Abbington was humiliated by her Strictly experience, she experienced reputational damage, mental health issues and lost income as a result.

If you believe her version of events then who cares who she is telling?

by Anonymousreply 21July 21, 2024 9:34 AM

I believe her version of events, but whining for money to the right wing Rupert Murdoch rag The Sun is a despicable, sellout move. Abbington revealed a lot more than what happened with her and Gio by doing this. She's a media whore like the rest of them who has repurposed her abuse as a personal opportunity. Even Mel B has handled this better.

by Anonymousreply 22July 21, 2024 9:42 AM
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