Judge harshly Shirley Ballas HITTED by fans as she ‘disrespected’ star Giovanni Pernice in announcement of her return to the show

Strictly Come Dancing head judge Shirley Ballas has come under fire from fans after she failed to speak out in defense of Giovanni Pernice.

Yesterday it was confirmed that fan favorite Giovanni will not be returning to the show as an investigation continues into his treatment of celebrities in the rehearsal room.


Shirley shared her excitement for Strictly’s return on InstagramSource: Instagram/@bbcstrictly/@shirleyballas


Shirley was called out for not defending GiovanniSource: Instagram


All four judges will return for this year’s seriesSource: BBC

When the BBC launched an official investigation following three official complaints from former partners, Giovanni was dropped from the BBC dance series.

Yesterday his absence from Strictly’s upcoming 20th anniversary was confirmed with the announcement of the show’s line-up.

Shirley, who will return to the judging panel alongside Craig Revel-Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke, posted on her Instagram account sharing highlights from her time on the show so far.

“Feeling so grateful to be back for my eighth series as head judge on @bbcstrictly ,” she wrote.

“I can’t wait to be back behind the desk with fellow judges @motsimabuse, @craigrevel and @mrantondubeke… 8 series later and I’m still excited for the season of Strictly.”

“Every year I am blessed when I receive the invitation. It is truly an honor to be part of a show that brings joy to so many families on these dark nights,” concluded Shirley.

“Are you all looking forward to the new series? Who would you like to see putting on their dancing shoes? Oh, it’s going to be very exciting and full of surprises as we celebrate 20 years of the best show on television. Hold on to your hats!”

However, instead of celebrating the show’s return, some fans took to her comments to ask why she wasn’t supporting Giovanni.

“None of you defended Gio,” one fan complained, while another wrote: “Congratulations, but it’s a pity Giovanni won’t come back. I won’t watch.”


The ‘Strictly’ dancer is seeking therapy following Giovanni Pernice’s allegations

“No Gio is a huge loss for the show,” a fourth noted, while a fifth said:
“In my opinion it shows the lack of support for Giovanni, what happened to him who was innocent until proven guilty, the lack of public support from professionals, very sad.”

What has happened so far

Fierce defenders standing next to Giovanni came after the fourth star came forward claiming he needed “months of therapy” after working with him.

Giovanni has also reportedly blocked the publication of footage of his rehearsals with Amanda Abbington, whom he worked with last year and is believed to have initiated the complaints campaign.

Later in an interview, she described Giovanni as “nasty” while talking about her experiences.

The complaints stemmed from accusations that Giovanni had gone too far in the rehearsal room, so much so that Amanda quit last October and he was diagnosed with mild post-traumatic stress disorder.

Sources say Amanda was unhappy with Giovanni’s “extremely rough” and “combative” training style.

Giovanni maintained he had done nothing wrong, and in his only statement on the matter, he said: “My dear fans, I reject any suggestion of offensive or threatening behavior and look forward to clearing my name.

“Those who have followed my journey on Strictly Come Dancing over the last decade know that I am passionate and competitive.”

Amanda Abbington breaks silence during close investigation

“Nobody is more ambitious for my dance partners than me,” he continued. “I have always tried to help them become the best dancers they can be.

“It always came from love and the will to win – both for me and my dance partners. Thank you all again for your continued love and support!”

Giovanni Pernice Strictly Scandal Timeline

October 2023: Amanda suddenly withdraws from Strictly after having already missed one live show. Her departure was announced in a vague statement from the BBC, which “wish[ed]her all the best.”

Giovanni posts a short exit message on social media that reads: “Amanda… I’m so sad we can’t continue, but I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished and I’m sending you lots of love.”

Amanda then shares her farewell statement on Instagram, thanking her co-stars but making no mention of Gio.

Giovanni’s dad, Piero, insists there were no signs of argument and the couple had a happy ending. He praised his son as nice and polite.

November 2023: Giovanni is reportedly gutted by the situation and contemplating his strict future as questions arise about his actions.

January 2024: Amanda’s diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) comes to light and she demands CCTV of the rehearsals to prove that Giovanni’s training methods were unacceptable.

The BBC issues a statement defending its duty of care to participants and insisting it takes any claims of misconduct very seriously.

The corporation supports its man after an extraordinary meeting

March 2024: Giovanni publicly states he has no intention of leaving Strictly in a television interview with close friend Anton du Beke.

Ranvir Singh and Laura Whitmore appear in the photo. Both stars, who have previously worked with Giovanni on Strictly, are said to have felt the BBC did not take their concerns about his methods seriously enough.

The pair have a closed meeting with Amanda, during which tears flowed.

May 2024: We reveal that Giovanni is leaving the program after talks with the show’s bosses

He leaves the country with girlfriend Molly Brown for the holidays

BBC launches internal investigation after three complainants instructed lawyers. The source describes it as a “nightmare situation.”


Shirley has been the show’s head judge for eight yearsSource: Instagram


While Shirley remains silent, stars like Anton publicly support GioSource: Instagram/@bbcstrictly/@shirleyballas


Giovanni stands by his actions, saying he is “passionate” and strives for the bestSource: Getty