The topic arose during the latest episode of Loose Women where they were discussing recent reports that Amanda Abbington has allegedly demanded to see footage of herself training with her former Strictly partner Giovanni Pernice as she seeks legal guidance.
When taking part in 2014’s Strictly, she found herself spending an intense amount of time with Kevin, 41, for rehearsals.
‘You are two complete strangers who are spending all this time together.
‘They [professional dancers] are used to competing… so they do want to win. You come into it as someone who doesn’t know the art of ballroom dancing and Latin. You have to try and learn.
‘There are emotions on both sides,’ she reflected.
Kevin and Frankie were finalists in the 2014 series (Picture: BBC)
Amanda has reportedly requested rehearsal footage (Picture: PA)
‘Luckily for me, I had a really good time, but by the end of it, the further into the show you get, it genuinely gets stressful.’
Ruth Langsford, who also competed on Strictly with Anton Du Beke, asked the Saturdays singer if she ever had any fall-outs with Kevin.
‘No,’ she answered before quickly adding: ‘But there were times when he was angry, not at me, but there were times when he was angry at things like if something didn’t go right or whatever in a rehearsal.
‘But actually, I found it quite entertaining almost as he’s not like that normally. It was almost a bit of a shock when he was like that. That goes to show the stress they are under, and how much they want it to go well.’
Ruth, 63, called her partner Anton, 57, ‘the loveliest man in the world’ and added that they’ve remained friends since their partnership in 2017.
Frankie recalled her experience on the show (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)
While Coleen Nolan has never been on Strictly – although, she shared in the episode that she’d love to do it – she has been on Dancing On Ice.
The series follows a similar format, whereby celebrities get a partner who teaches them their routines – they just have the addition of skates and ice! Coleen was put with Stuart Widdall and called him ‘very professional’ but added he ‘wanted to win’.
‘He used to shout at me, and ask “Why are you doing that?” I’d say “Because I’m not an ice-skater. Stop shouting at me”.’
As a result, Coleen missed a rehearsal but the pair had an honest conversation about how to work together, and were able to get on fine for the remainder of the series.
Ruth and Anton are still friends (Picture: BBC/Guy Levy)
Coleen was on Dancing On Ice (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)
Amanda, 51, who withdrew from the competition last year due to ‘personal reasons’, is claimed to have requested footage of her rehearsal time with the Italian dancer, 33, after being left ‘broken’ by the ‘whole experience’ of the programme.
The source alleged Amanda was ‘really stressed by having to spend eight hours a day with Giovanni’ and ‘spent a lot of time crying’ and has further claimed it has ‘taken her months to get over what she went through’.
However, another source said to be close to Giovanni, has revealed that he has found ‘some of these allegations deeply unfair and offensive.’
They added to The Sun: ‘He has had support from producers over what has happened recently and they are behind him.’
Loose Women airs weekdays from 12.30pm on ITV1.
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