Despite Giovanni sharing a sweet message paying tribute to Amanda, fans have speculated that the actress might have left the show after not getting along with her co-star. While it’s difficult to know exactly what happened behind the scenes, Giovanni has previously opened up about how he gets along with everyone on the show. See his comments here…
While discussing the 2020 series, in which the dancing pros quarantined together to be able to rehearse and film the professional dances, Giovanni told All Access Areas that you “pretend” to like your castmates due to the “environment” of the show.
He said: “If there’s somebody you don’t like, you pretend that you like them. It’s the environment, isn't it?" He added: "I know that there’s a chance that the pros could be quarantined all together for two weeks doing the group numbers.
“Because obviously, we have to film all the group numbers. Usually, we do them live or we pre-record during the week, but this time I think we’re going to pre-record all of it, which is going to be like 14 group numbers. It makes sense for us to get all together and do it all at once."
Giovanni has previously been partnered with Laura Whitmore, Faye Tozer, Michelle Visage, Ranvir Singh, Richie Anderson, and Rose Ayling-Ellis, who he won with in 2021. Rose was full of praise for Giovanni during her Strictly journey, telling The Guardian: "Giovanni has been incredible. He really supports every single step – and I mean every single step: even when I'm doing stuff on my own, he, off-camera, is giving me timing.
"There are a lot of ups and downs and some dances are harder than others. But Giovanni is such a good teacher, and he's really adapted to the way I learn, rather than making me learn it in his way."
Despite rumours of a feud, Amanda has also previously praised Giovanni. During a visit to It Takes Two, she said: "I've got 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. I have a good comfort zone. It's wonderful. We're having a great time.”
While chatting to Virgin Radio, Giovanni also admitted that he was strict when it comes to training, saying: “I'm very, very strict. The only reason why is because first, I know my partner's got massive potential, and obviously, I want her to look the best on a Saturday night. And second, because I believe in Amanda," he continued. "I know exactly how much she can bring on a Saturday night."