Amanda Abbington shuts down claim she ‘threatened to quit Strictly’

Strictly: Amanda Abbington ‘over the moon’ with her partner

Sherlock actress Amanda Abbington and her Strictly Come Dancing partner Giovanni Pernice have put on a united front after it was claimed there was “tension” behind the scenes and she had “liaised with her team about quitting”.

New social media posts from the duo seem to rubbish the reports as they praised each other ahead of their first live performance tonight.

Amanda, 49, shared a photograph of herself during rehearsals in the studio and wrote: “The smile you give your pro partner at the end of the camera rehearsal when you know you are in safe and hugely talented hands.

“@Giovannipernice [you] legend. See you all tomorrow @bbcstrictly.”

Latin champion Giovanni, 33, was equally gushing as she re-shared Amanda’s Instagram Story and added his own sweet caption.

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The Italian dancer wrote: “I usually don’t say those things early (as probably everybody know) but I’m extremely proud of you and I can’t wait for people to watch what we have created.” (sic)

The posts come after it was claimed Amanda and Giovanni had “clashed” and she was threatening to quit the BBC show.

A source claimed to The Sun: “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.

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“He is quite militant in his approach to training. She’s been left very shaken, and has liaised with her team about quitting.”

Nevertheless, despite their supposed “tension”, the source added that they “dance very well together”.

Amanda and Giovanni will take to the ballroom for their first live performance tonight. They are dancing the Viennese Waltz to Lewis Capaldi’s tear-jerking ballad, Pointless.

They will be scored by judges Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood and Anton Du Beke, but there will be no elimination this week.

Strictly Come Dancing airs Saturday at 6.15pm on BBC One.

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