Strictly's Giovanni Pernice seen in unearthed clip snubbing show

Giovanni Pernice, the Italian professional dancer who is being investigated by Strictly Come Dancing bosses following allegations he was abusive to some of his celebrity dancing partners, has now been criticised for possibly snubbing one of his fellow dancers on the show.

In an unearthed clip from 2023’s final, dancer Vito Coppola and his celebrity partner Ellie Leach are celebrating winning the competition and are surrounded by lots of the other Strictly competitors, as well as presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman as they raise the glitterball trophy in the air.

However, Giovanni, who competed last year with Amanda Abbington until she left five weeks into the competition for personal reasons, is nowhere to be seen. All the other dancers rush to congratulate Vito and Ellie, but Giovanni is not in the crowd.

Giovanni Pernice and Amanda Abbington
Giovanni Pernice and former dance partner Amanda Abbington -Credit:PA
Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola
Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola won Strictly in 2023 -Credit:PA

Both Ellie and Vito have unfollowed Giovanni online in recent weeks, and there have been rumours that Vito and Giovanni have not been on friendly terms for months. Meanwhile, Giovanni has been dogged by rumours about his aggressive behaviour that began shortly after Amanda left the series. At the time, he sent her a message on social media that said: "Amanda… I am so sad we can’t continue but I am proud of what we achieved and I am sending you so much love.”

Giovanni Pernice
Giovanni Pernice has defended his methods as a dance teacher -Credit:Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock

Last week, following allegations about his time on the BBC series, Giovanni released a statement on Instagram at the same time it was suggested he will not be appearing in the next run of Strictly at the end of the year.

"I reject any suggestion of abusive or threatening behaviour, and I look forward to clearing my name," he wrote . "To my dear fans, You will be as surprised as I am that allegations have been made about my dance teaching methods in the media this week. Of course, I reject any suggestion of abusive or threatening behaviour, and I look forward to clearing my name.

“Those who have followed my journey on Strictly Come Dancing over the last decade will know that I am passionate and competitive. No-one is more ambitious for my dance partners than me. I have always striven to help them be the very best dancers they can be.

"This has always come from a place of love and wanting to win - for me and my dance partners. Thank you all once again for your continued love and support!"