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Michelle Visage fought every day with Strictly's Giovanni Pernice

Michelle Visage has weighed in on the Strictly training row, saying she fought all the time with Giovanni Pernice - but welcomed his tough approach.

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What did you miss?

Michelle Visage has admitted she "fought every day" with partner Giovanni Pernice when she was on Strictly Come Dancing, confirming that he is the "toughest pro" on the BBC show.

Pernice has come under fire since his most recent celebrity Strictly partner Amanda Abbington quit the 2023 series, with rumours flying about his demanding training style.

But while RuPaul's Drag Race star Visage revealed that he was hard on her in the 2019 series, she said that she welcomed his approach, adding "some people can handle that".

Michelle Visage and Giovanni Pernice 'fought every day' on Strictly. (BBC)
Michelle Visage and Giovanni Pernice 'fought every day' on Strictly. (BBC)

What, how, and why?

Michelle Visage is the latest former Strictly star to weigh in on the row over pro dancer Giovanni Pernice's training style, telling This Morning on Tuesday that they "fought every day" when she was partnered with him.

Visage took part in the 2019 series with Pernice and looked back on their Addams Family-inspired Foxtrot during her appearance on This Morning to talk about her starring role in the Addams Family musical.

Michelle Visage and Giovanni Pernice were scored 39 out of 40 by the judges for their Foxtrot (Credit: BBC)
Michelle Visage and Giovanni Pernice scored 39 points for their Addams Family Foxtrot. (BBC)

Hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary couldn't resist asking for her view on what Pernice was like to work with, and Visage told them: "Uh oh. I don't like gossip, so I'm not here to gossip, but what I can say from my experience was yes, he's tough.

"He's probably the toughest pro there is. I wanted that. So it depends, some people can handle that, some people don't want to handle that. I wanted that."

She added: "We fought every day, and it was for good reason because we got to where we wanted to be, we looked beautiful together."

Michelle Visage spoke about her time on Strictly during her appearance on This Morning. (ITV screengrab)
Michelle Visage spoke about her time on Strictly during her appearance on This Morning. (ITV screengrab)

While Sherlock star Abbington had reportedly asked for training room footage after quitting the show, speculation has continued about Pernice's other former celebrity dance partners. Laura Whitmore had said of her time on the show: "I was placed with a dance partner I was extremely uncomfortable with – and in the end I felt broken. I cried every day."

Richie Anderson was also rumoured to have clashed with Pernice, but he has stayed close friends with 2021 winner Rose Ayling-Ellis and former partner Debbie McGee has also defended him.

Visage clearly did not find her Strictly experience traumatic as she shared how she still does weekly dance lessons four years on.

Amanda Abbington dancing with Giovanni Pernice
Amanda Abbington quit Strictly 2023. (BBC)

She said: "No word of a lie, I have danced once a week since I left the show." Hammond asked: "They say keep dancing and you actually have?" as she replied: "I actually have."

"I have a teacher that I meet once a week for a two hour class," she added. "I found it, I loved it, and to be in this prime of my life wanting to learn something new, I love it."

What else happened on This Morning?

RuPaul's Drag Race UK series 2: Picture Shows:  Graham Norton, RuPaul, Michelle Visage - (World of Wonder/Guy Levy)
Michelle Visage shared how she had brought RuPaul's Drag Race to the UK. (World of Wonder)

Visage also had some insider information for Drag Race fans as she revealed her long battle to make the show a success in the UK.

She said: "When I did Celebrity Big Brother back in 2015, the reason I did it was to get a UK version made. That was the only reason. I didn't have any fake tan to sell, I didn't have a calendar, a book, it was just me trying to get that show made.

"But it took four years from that for people to take it seriously. I knew in the end that it needed to be done because I saw the fanbase. I saw the love and the passion for the show. It brings love to so many people."

This Morning airs on ITV at 10am on weekdays.

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