‘You understand what you’re signing up for’ says Strictly’s Shirley Ballas in swipe at Amanda Abbington after backing Giovanni


STRICTLY head choose Shirley Ballas took a swipe at former contestant Amanda Abbington at present amid her row with Giovanni Pernice.

Straight-talking Shirley advised Lorraine Kelly on ITV that contestants ought to “know what they’re signing up for” and that the present might be powerful.

Shirley Ballas appeared to criticise Amanda Abbington on today's Lorraine


Shirley Ballas appeared to criticise Amanda Abbington on at present’s LorraineCredit score: ITV
Giovanni came under fire for his tough tactics in the rehearsal room


Giovanni got here beneath hearth for his powerful techniques within the rehearsal roomCredit score: BBC

It got here after Lorraine requested Shirley in regards to the skilled beneath hearth dancer’s need to win.

She stated: “I’ve identified Giovanni for a lot of, a few years and he is a fully splendid trainer. My solely expertise of him is that of an absolute gentleman. He serves the present nicely and he offers one hundred pc.”

She continued: “They’re powerful reveals. While you join a present like that you simply form of know what you are getting in for, it has been on display for 20-odd years.”

The thinly-veiled criticism comes after BBC bosses backed Giovanni following a head to head assembly, deciding his method was agency however honest.

A supply near Sherlock star Amanda, 51, claimed the Italian professional’s demanding behaviour in rehearsals left her in floods of tears and affected her urge for food.

The insider added that Amanda has PTSD because of this.

They stated: “Amanda has been left damaged and saddened by the entire expertise. She has wanted remedy and was left in shock by the behaviour she was uncovered to.

“It has taken her months to recover from what she went by way of. It was an actual shock as she was initially so excited to enroll to the present to be taught to bounce, however as an alternative she skilled an ordeal.”

They added: “Everybody else was having a wonderful time, however she was actually careworn by having to spend eight hours a day with Giovanni. She spent a number of time crying and couldn’t sleep or eat correctly.”

In a bid to assist her case, Amanda requested footage from the pair’s rehearsals.

An on-set supply defined: “The BBC has obtained a request for the footage they maintain of Amanda and Giovanni. It is called an information topic entry request.

“There’s a feeling that the recordings will carry the lid on what actually goes on behind the scenes on Strictly. Issues in rehearsals can grow to be very tense.

“Giovanni is a perfectionist and he might be extremely full-on.”

In September, we first revealed how Amanda had ‘threatened to give up’ the long-running dance present.

It was reported that a number of rows and escalating pressure grew to become the discuss of backstage.

A supply advised us: “Giovanni is a tough taskmaster and takes the competitors very, very severely.

“Typically his method is extremely brusque and this will upset his companions.

“Amanda was actually wanting ahead to dancing with him, however has discovered his aggressive coaching fashion and angle fairly troublesome to deal with.

“He’s fairly militant in his method to coaching. She’s been left very shaken, and has liaised along with her staff about quitting.”

The supply added: “It has grow to be way more disturbing than she ever imagined and in the intervening time issues between them are extremely tense.”

Slightly below a month later, the actress was dominated out of week 5 of the competitors on undisclosed medical grounds.

On the time we reported how bosses left panicked as they thought she would possibly withdraw from the present.

She was initially given a bye, as per the foundations, however she then finally withdrew from the competitors.

Amanda then snubbed Giovanni in her departure assertion on social media.

The actress wrote: “It’s with deepest remorse that I needed to depart Strictly. I didn’t come to this resolution simply or frivolously however for private causes I’m unable to proceed.

“It was an absolute pleasure working with my fellow contestants, they’re a stupendous, hardworking and proficient group of people that I really like and who I’ll miss seeing each Friday and Saturday and competing alongside.

“I need to thank the unbelievable Manufacturing staff and everybody on Strictly who sorted me and who’re so form and caring. It’s a beautiful bunch of individuals and I’ll miss all of them.
I’m so unhappy that I’m unable to go any additional.”

She added: “Thanks to everybody who voted and who despatched fantastic messages and provoking assist. You’re all superb. Really. Thanks. Xxx”

The Solar on Sunday revealed present bosses didn’t invite Amanda to carry out within the present’s finale.

She was notably lacking from the line-up when the opposite earlier opponents returned for a closing group routine.

The star initially withdrew from the competition on undisclosed medical reasons


The star initially withdrew from the competitors on undisclosed medical causesCredit score: PA


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