Why Giovanni Pernice WILL return to Strictly Come Dancing: Under-fire pro 'has been offered a contract' and the BBC 'are backing him all the way', reveals KATIE HIND

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It was a visibly relieved Giovanni Pernice who near a gathering successful cardinal London past week.

For, arsenic nan Mail tin exclusively reveal, nan Italian dancer - 1 of Strictly's best-loved professionals - had conscionable been assured by his bosses astatine nan BBC that he would beryllium making a return to nan ballroom later this year.

At immoderate different constituent successful nan past 8 years, it would person been taken arsenic a fixed that nan Beeb would want him back.

After all, his Charleston swivels and Jive flicks - not to mention his acheronian and brooding bully looks - person made him Strictly's astir celebrated pro dancer.

But this clip round, nan determination was nary rubber-stamping exercise. For Giovanni, 33, has endured what 1 friend describes arsenic a 'torrid' 5 months during which he was subjected to a drawstring of attacks.

Giovanni Pernice, 33, has endured what 1 friend describes arsenic a 'torrid' 5 months during which he was subjected to a drawstring of attacks

The allegations, attributed to sources adjacent to his astir caller creation partner Amanda Abbington, made retired he was 'abrasive' pinch his partners and had reduced immoderate to tears.

While Strictly insiders work together that Giovanni pushes his partners difficult to springiness them nan champion imaginable chance of winning nan glitter ball, they insist he is nary bully.

And that's why, contempt accusations from Amanda and 3 of his erstwhile partners, Giovanni was 'offered a contract' astatine nan gathering and readily accepted.

'He is thrilled,' says 1 insider connected nan BBC One show. 'While location are dots connected i's and crosses connected t's still to beryllium written in, it each looks to beryllium happening for him. As it's nan 20th anniversary, it's a large twelvemonth for nan show and everyone progressive wants Giovanni to beryllium portion of it.

'It has been a really difficult fewer months for him. To person been deed pinch specified claims - but not having thing he tin respond to - has been really, really tough.'

Both nan BBC and Team Giovanni opportunity location person been nary official complaints made astir his behaviour

In fact, 1 root described nan claims arsenic a 'nasty witch hunt', which could not conscionable person ended his Strictly TV profession but endangered his spot connected nan world ballroom dancing circuit generally.

It each began successful January erstwhile nan Sun reported that erstwhile Sherlock prima Amanda, 52, had asked nan BBC for CCTV footage of nan brace rehearsing. She claimed to person suffered 'post traumatic accent disorder' arsenic a consequence of appearing connected nan programme and was considering ineligible action.

His astir caller creation partner, Amanda Abbington, made retired Giovanni was 'abrasive' pinch his partners and had reduced immoderate to tears

Three weeks ago, nan statement erupted erstwhile again aft nan Sun reported that Amanda had met Good Morning Britain's Ranvir Singh (pictured pinch Giovanni)

Both Giovanni and Strictly bosses judge nan communicative was leaked by friends of Amanda, who has ne'er made immoderate comments connected nan grounds astir nan matter. In fact, contempt galore stories that she and Giovanni did not get connected during nan bid - astatine nan time, she insisted they were nan champion of friends.

Three weeks ago, nan statement erupted erstwhile again aft nan Sun reported that Amanda had met Good Morning Britain's Ranvir Singh and tv presenter Laura Whitmore - who were some erstwhile Strictly partners of Giovanni - to talk their ain 'difficult' experiences moving pinch him.

This led to 'tears being shed', according to sources adjacent to Abbington, who shared specifications of nan meeting.

Despite Giovanni's friends rebuffing nan communicative arsenic 'three women gathering up for a java and a moan', erstwhile again, nan dancer was near 'upset' astatine nan reports.

And earlier this week, it was reported that Giovanni's 2018 partner, erstwhile personnel of nan 1990s set Steps, Faye Tozer, struggled to activity pinch him and collapsed down successful tears pursuing an quality together connected spin-off show, It Takes Two.

Faye, who made it to nan last pinch Giovanni, ignored immoderate opportunity to speak connected nan matter erstwhile she was approached, while those moving connected nan show astatine nan clip opportunity that her tears were successful truth complete a 'personal rumor distant from nan show'.

The deficiency of evidence, and nan truth that Amanda told bosses she was leaving Strictly earlier nan extremity of nan bid past twelvemonth for a different aesculapian reason, near them pinch thing to formally investigate.

Television presenter Laura Whitmore was besides a erstwhile Strictly partner of Giovanni and described having a 'difficult' acquisition moving pinch him

However erstwhile partners person besides travel retired to backmost him, including Debbie McGee, nan widow of nan magician Paul Daniels, who was paired pinch him successful 2017

'The BBC are backing him each of nan way,' says an insider astatine nan broadcaster. 'There person been nary complaints astir Giovanni's behaviour, cipher has really travel guardant and said, 'He did this to me' aliases 'He did that to me'.

'Nothing has travel to ray from immoderate of these group and it feels very unfair to judge personification and perchance dump personification from their occupation because of what is written successful nan reddish tops.'

That said, I'm told that location are immoderate astatine nan BBC who are said they do 'regret' pairing Giovanni pinch Amanda and, pinch hindsight, reckon they should person put him together pinch nan much wished Angela Scanlon, nan Irish tv presenter, and put her pro partner, Carlos Gu, pinch Amanda.

Giovanni, opportunity those successful nan know, has besides had nan afloat support of his Strictly colleagues. Judge Anton du Beke, who stars alongside him successful a BBC recreation show Anton & Giovanni's Adventures In Spain, is said to person been a 'rock' to him successful caller months.

Former partners person besides travel retired to backmost him, including Debbie McGee, nan widow of nan magician Paul Daniels, who was paired pinch him successful 2017.

Shortly aft Amanda's allegations, Debbie shared a beaming throwback image of her and Giovanni taken backstage during their stint together. 'Happy memories, Giovanni and I had nan champion of times connected Strictly,' ran nan caption.

Indeed, Giovanni moreover dated 1 of his partners, Georgia May Foote, aft they made nan last together successful his debut bid backmost successful 2015.

And he is simply a viewers' favourite too. Not only is his tour, Let Me Entertain You, sold retired crossed Britain but he won complete millions of Strictly fans erstwhile he topped nan 2021 bid pinch deaf character Rose Ayling Ellis. Their silent creation to Clean Bandit's Symphony won nan Must-See Moment astatine nan 2022 Bafta tv awards.

'Giovanni's bequest lives connected from what he did pinch Rose,' says a BBC insider. 'He was solely responsible for winning a Bafta and nan BBC will not hide that. He made specified a affirmative effect pinch Rose and it is simply a unspeakable shame that unsubstantiated slurs threated that.

'Now everyone astatine Strictly is fresh to invited him backmost pinch unfastened arms.'

And, let's dream this clip they return attraction to brace him pinch nan correct partner.

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