Strictly’s Giovanni Pernice and Richie Anderson ‘haven’t clicked’

They were announced as the BBC shows second all-male partnership and are one of two same-sex pairings on this years series.

Strictly’s Giovanni Pernice and Richie Anderson ‘haven’t clicked’ since being paired together as tensions rise off camera, show sources claim. 

Tense: Strictly’s Giovanni Pernice and Richie Anderson 'haven't clicked' since being paired together as tensions rise off camera

Tense: Strictly’s Giovanni Pernice and Richie Anderson ‘haven’t clicked’ since being paired together as tensions rise off camera

Sourced told The Sun that professional dancer Giovanni is becoming frustrated with Richie not listening to him in rehearsals. 

‘He has told pals that Richie talks instead of listening during training, and it is frustrating.’

One insider said: ‘The pair haven’t clicked. Richie is so swept up by the whole experience that he is talking 100 words a minute, and it can be hard for Giovanni.

However, a source close to the pair told MailOnline: ‘Talk of them not getting on is nonsense. They are having such a laugh and were thrilled at the reaction on Saturday night.’

They then added that it was early days and they are still getting used to each other: ‘Giovanni thinks Richie has real potential in the competition.’

For the first time in the show’s history, there will be two same-sex couples performing in the same series, with Karen, who last year danced with Greg Wise, taking to the floor with comedian Jayde.

Tough: Sourced told The Sun that professional dancer Giovanni is becoming frustrated with Richie not listening to him in rehearsals

Tough: Sourced told The Sun that professional dancer Giovanni is becoming frustrated with Richie not listening to him in rehearsals

The pairs will then deliver a second performance the following week when the public vote will open, before a results show on Sunday reveals which two pairs received the fewest votes and must compete in the dance off.

The fifteen couples have been working hard in the training room, with their debut performance set to air during the first Strictly live show on Saturday, with the judging panel scoring each dance out of 40.

The series opener also featured two incredible performances from the Strictly professionals, as well as the return of reigning champion Rose Ayling-Ellis, and a music performance from John Legend who performed his new single All She Wanna Do.

The judges will then decide which couple they would like to save, and the other pair will be eliminated. 

She added that training for her return dance with Giovanni made her realise how much she ‘missed’ training with him, while the Italian hunk added that the few hours they danced together once again was ‘magical’.  

Joining Claudia and Giovanni on the sofa ahead of their comeback dance, Rose told how it was ‘lovely’ to be back on the show while expressing her shock that it had been a year since she took part.

Dusting off their paddles were returning judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke. 

They're baaack! Dusting off their paddles were returning judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke

They’re baaack! Dusting off their paddles were returning judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke 

This series has also seen the introduction of four new professionals, European cup winner Vito Coppola, Chinese National Champion Carlos Gu, former Under 21 British National Champion Lauren Oakley and Latin dance champion Michelle Tsiakkas.

While viewers were no doubt sad not to see show favourites Aljaz Skorjanec and Oti Mabuse, who both quit Strictly Come Dancing earlier this year.

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HELEN SKELTON AND GORKA MARQUEZ 

During Friday’s launch the four pros were officially introduced to viewers through a pre-filmed cinematic dance routine.

Celebrity’s age: 39

Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez

Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez

Helen says: ‘I’m really excited to get stuck into a fun adventure. My family and friends have always loved the show and can’t wait for me to get started’

Profession: TV and radio broadcaster

Ellie Simmonds and Nikita Guzman

Ellie Simmonds and Nikita Guzman

ELLIE SIMMONDS AND NIKITA KUZMIN 

Profession: Former athlete 

Celebrity’s age: 27

ELLIE TAYLOR AND JOHANNES RADEBE 

Ellie says: ‘To be asked to be part of the Strictly family is just so exciting and I cannot wait, it’s going to so much fun.’

Celebrity’s age: 38

Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe

Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe

Ellie says: ‘Well, cover me in fake tan and roll me in sequins! I’m absolutely over the moon to be a part of Strictly 2022!’

Profession: Comedian

Fleur East and Vito Coppola

Fleur East and Vito Coppola

FLEUR EAST AND VITO COPPOLA 

Profession: Singer

Celebrity’s age: 34 

JAMES BYE AND AMY DOWDEN 

Fleur says:  ‘I’m equally nervous and thrilled to be part of this year’s Strictly line up. I’m excited to learn new skills and I want to soak up every moment of this magical experience.’

Celebrity’s age: 38

James Bye and Amy Dowden

James Bye and Amy Dowden

James says ‘I’m not known for my shimmy or my twinkle toes – in fact my kids regularly laugh at my dad dancing but it’s an honour to be asked and I’m going to give it my best shot.’

Profession: EastEnders actor

Jayde Adams and Karen Hauer

Jayde Adams and Karen Hauer

JAYDE ADAMS AND KAREN HAUER 

Profession: Comedian

Celebrity’s age: 37

TYLER WEST AND DIANNE BUSWELL 

Jayde says: ‘I’ve been a massive fan of the show for years. I feel like I’m watching myself in a dream and I can’t believe I’ve manifested this.’

Celebrity’s age: 26

Tyler West and Dianne Buswell

Tyler West and Dianne Buswell

Tyler says: ‘It’s a show that means so much to me and my family and I can’t wait to seriously shake a leg on that shiny dance floor… with a side of sequins.’

Profession: Radio DJ

Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal

Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal

HAMZA YASSIN AND JOWITA PRZYSTAL 

Profession: Wildlife cameraman and presenter

Celebrity’s age: 35

Hamza says: ‘I am absolutely over the moon to be joining Strictly 2022. Never in a million years did I think I’d be on such a cool show.’

Richie Anderson and Giovanni Pernice

Richie Anderson and Giovanni Pernice

RICHIE ANDERSON AND GIOVANNI PERNICE 

Profession: Radio presenter 

Celebrity’s age: 34

KYM MARSH AND GRAZIANO DI PRIMA 

Richie says: ‘This is a dream come true! I cannot wait to get in those sparkles and sequins and shimmy across the most famous dance floor in the world!’

Celebrity’s age: 46

Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima

Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima

Kym says: ‘I’m so delighted that this year they have! I’m a huge fan of the show and can’t believe I’m going to go from watching at home in my pyjamas to actually dancing in front of the judges in a glittery dress.’

Profession: Coronation Street star and presenter

Matt Goss and Nadiya Bychkova

Matt Goss and Nadiya Bychkova

MATT GOSS AND NADIYA BYCHKOVA 

Profession: Singer

Celebrity’s age: 53

MOLLY RAINFORD AND CARLOS GU 

Matt says: ‘I’ve been reclusive, I come and work and then go back to America. I thought, it’s time for me to come home and get out of my own way’

Age: 21

Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu

Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu

Molly says: ‘I already know it’s gonna be an experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the Strictly family I’ll be sharing it with.’

Profession: Singer 

Will Mellor and Nancy Xu

Will Mellor and Nancy Xu

WILL MELLOR AND NANCY XU 

Profession: Actor

Celebrity’s age: 46

TONY ADAMS AND KATYA JONES 

Will says: ‘I know it will be a huge challenge but that’s what life is all about. This is also my Mum’s favourite show and she’s had a really tough few years so I’m doing this is for her as well. Bring it on!’

Celebrity’s age: 55

Tony Adams and Katya Jones

Tony Adams and Katya Jones

Tony says:  ‘To say I’m excited is an understatement – the lure of the sequins and the call of the salsa has me swapping my battered old football boots for a set of Strictly soft shoes’

Profession: Retired footballer and manager

Kaye Adams and Kai Widdrington

Kaye Adams and Kai Widdrington

KAYE ADAMS AND KAI WIDDRINGTON 

Profession: Television presenter 

Celebrity’s age: 59 

 

Kaye says: ‘I said I wanted to make the last year of my fifties memorable and i can’t think of a better way of doing it than showing the world my two left feet. Pray for me!’ 

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