STRICTLY star Richie Anderson has revealed “gruesome” injuries ahead of tonight’s second performance.
Richie Anderson revealed his grim injuries after gruelling rehearsalsCredit: PA
The radio star said he’s lost two toe toenails and has bruising on his feetCredit: PA
“I’ve lost two toenails. I’ve got two black toes, and I’ve got a bruise on the side of my foot,” he told the Metro this week.
Richie asked the Italian dancer, 32, if it was “normal to have lost toenails” and suffered bruising on his feet, to which Giovanni revealed that Richie only wears normal shoes instead of dancing shoes.
It comes after pro dancer Giovanni addressed claims he “hasn’t clicked” with his celebrity dance partner.
Sources claimed the pro dancer was frustrated with Richie for not listening in rehearsals ahead of their first live performance on Saturday night.
It Takes Two host and ex Strictly pro Janette Manrara dived into the reported feud and asked Giovanni: “How is training going?”
He repled: “We’re having a good time, we’re definitely having a good time.
“Obviously it is a dance competition, at the end of the day, so we have to learn something but there is no problem between us. We are having a good time.”
He also touched on it being his first time in a same-sex couple on the BBC One competition.
Asked how he will approach the dances, Gio said: “The plans are the same, to teach Richie how to dance. That is the point of the show.
“I’m a teacher, he’s a student.”
Sources told how reigning champ Giovanni struggled to get his points across to Richie who is “extremely over-excited” to be taking part.
One said: “The pair haven’t clicked. Richie is so swept up by the whole experience that he is talking 100 words a minute, and it can be hard for Giovanni.
“He has told pals that Richie talks instead of listening during training, and it is frustrating.”
But the source added that it was early days and they are still getting used to each other.
They added: “Giovanni thinks Richie has real potential in the competition.”
Richie later broke his silence on the situation and thanks Gio after their first live performance, a Cha Cha Cha to I’m Your Man by Wham!.
Pro dancer Giovanni has shut down rumours of tension with his partnerCredit: PA