Strictly's Amanda and Giovanni downplay reports of on-set rift

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Strictly duo downplay reports of on-set riftBBC

Strictly Come Dancing stars Amanda Abbington and Giovanni Pernice have responded to reports of an on-set rift between the two.

The Sherlock actress and her professional dance partner are at the centre of tabloid rumours that she is considering quitting the show due to the pressure of rehearsals.

Seemingly in response to the tabloid pieces, Abbington shared an Instagram Story of herself on the show's famous dancefloor stage with a grin on her face.

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She wrote: "The smile you give your pro partner at the end of the camera rehearsal when you know you are in safe and hugely talented hands...

"@giovannipernice ya legend. See you all tomorrow."

Pernice shared her Story to his, and added: "I usually don't say these things early (as probably everybody know) but I'm extremely proud of you and I can't wait for people to watch what we have created."

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Tonight's first episode will see the celebrities perform for the first time, but there won't be an elimination until next week, after the two couples with the lowest combined scores from weeks one and two compete in the dreaded dance-off.

It's not something that Pernice is a fan off, as the dancer revealed that he'd prefer a week one elimination.

"It's still a competition," he said, adding: "The pressure of going out, I think, is what makes the week go better. Because all week you're thinking, 'I don't want to go home!' so you're going to put the pressure on yourself to make the dance really good.

"So it's a shame that this week there is no elimination, because I wanted somebody to go home."

Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturday nights on BBC One, while spin-off Strictly: It Takes Two airs on weeknights from September 25 on BBC Two. Both shows are available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

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