Jamie Laing says Giovanni Pernice’s early Strictly exit was ‘controversial’

Jamie Laing starred on Strictly Come Dancing back in 2020 when he was partnered up with Karen Hauer.

And since making the final, he is clearly still a fan by watching this year's competition from home.

This year, we saw professional dancer Giovanni Pernice and his celebrity partner Richie Anderson get voted out on the second week of the competition.

As he reflected on this year’s competition, the 34 year old said: “I have been tuning in, and Giovanni went out, which I think is controversial."

Moments after the pair were voted out, Giovanni, 32, shared a tribute on social media, writing: "Well done mate !! Always choose dance and you def did, be proud of yourself."

A gutted Richie, 35, wrote: "It’s been short, but sweet! Never did I think I’d be given the chance to attempt to cha cha cha, quickstep and samba live on television.

"I also got to meet some amazing people who will be friends forever! Can’t wait to cheer everyone on for the rest of the series. @giovannipernice it’s been an honour to dance in the ballroom with you."

Jamie also shared his thoughts on some of the remaining contestants who have stood out to him.

"I recently met the young, beautiful Molly [Rainford] – she is amazing. I love her,” says Jamie.

“I also know Ellie [Simmonds], who I love, and Jayde [Adams],” he says.

This year, the judges – Shirley Ballas, Anton Du Beke, Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel Horwood – have been accused of being less critical to former Paralympian swimmer Ellie, who lives with dwarfism.

But Jamie shut down the suggestion. “I don’t think that. The judges are the judges. They’re either going to like you or they don’t like you in terms of what’s good," he revealed.

"The audience always save the ones they want, so don’t listen to the noise.”

Jamie previously told OK! said he thinks his fiancée Sophie would do "incredibly well" on Strictly, but joked that she shouldn't be partnered up with Giovanni.

"She’s not going to dance with Giovanni [Pernice] – I’ll tell you that for sure. Just because he’s not a good dancer – that’s the only reason!" he laughed.

Last year, the podcast host spoke of getting FOMO when he was watching the new series at the time.

"You get a bit of a sense of FOMO. What I did, quite narcissistically, was go back and watched some of my old routines. It’s parked in the great, fond memories that I have," he shared.

"Would I want to do it again? Of course. But being naive to the experience is the best way to do it as you don’t know how tough it’s going to be."


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