Strictly's Giovanni Pernice faces new setback as Kai Widdrington pulls out of project

Giovanni and Kai
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Strictly Come Dancing's Kai Widdrington has unexpectedly withdrawn from an upcoming dance workshop event where he was set to appear alongside fellow Strictly professional Giovanni Pernice.

Giovanni took to Instagram on Tuesday to share news about a London-based dance class workshop that he and Kai, who is dating fellow Strictly pro Nadiya Bychkova, were planning.

The exclusive event, priced at £100 per participant, was being organised in partnership with Ballando UK.

However, shortly after the initial announcement, Ballando UK updated their Instagram followers with the disappointing news that due to a diary mix-up, Kai would not be able to participate on the scheduled date of 28th July, the Mirror reports.

They expressed regret, stating: "Unfortunately Kai is no longer able to attend on the 28th July due to other commitments... crossed diaries!"

The post continued to reassure those interested: "Both Kai and Gio were really looking forward to teaching together again, so we'll try and find another date that works. Gio will still be taking classes on the 28th July - same time, same classes, same location... Further to follow re booking! See you soon! ".

Kai is currently busy touring the UK with his partner Nadiya, which may have contributed to the scheduling conflict. Meanwhile, Giovanni's solo workshop remains available for booking, with tickets starting at £60.

Additionally, there's buzz around a special judges workshop featuring Giovanni, Shirley Ballas, and Anton Du Beke. This unique opportunity involves individual sessions with each of the three Strictly sensations, although only Shirley's Jive workshop tickets, costing £100, are still up for grabs.

Giovanni Pernice
Giovanni has faced allegations about his behaviour on Strictly -Credit:Getty

Strictly Come Dancing's Giovanni Pernice found himself in the spotlight earlier this year when it was revealed that his 2023 dance partner, Amanda Abbington, who had withdrawn from the BBC competition, had lodged complaints against the ballroom and latin dancer.

The Sherlock actress alleged that Giovanni "stamped on her foot" during his "militant" training sessions, leading to an investigation into his rehearsal methods.

The BBC is said to be conducting an inquiry into these allegations, and there are also rumours that Giovanni has left Strictly. However, neither the BBC nor Giovanni have confirmed or refuted these claims.

In a statement, the broadcaster discouraged people from speculating, emphasising that "anyone involved in a complaint has a right to confidentiality and fair process".

"While we know our shows have been positive experiences for many of those who have taken part, we will always look at any issues raised with care, fairness and sensitivity to everyone concerned. We will not be commenting further," the statement read.

Giovanni strongly denied the allegations on Instagram, stating: "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! Giovanni."

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