Strictly: Janette reveals Giovanni and Amanda won’t appear on weekend show
Amanda Abbington’s partner Jonathan Goodwin shared a cryptic post that got fans thinking after it was announced that she wouldn’t be making her expected appearance on Strictly Come Dancing at the weekend.
Janette Manrara and Amanda’s pro partner Giovanni Pernice told fans on Strictly: It Takes Two that Amanda’s exit was temporary and for “medical reasons”.
However, her retired stunt performer partner Jonathan followed up on the news with a picture of himself staring pensively into a mirror, shared with almost 60,000 Instagram followers.
“We can be so hard on ourselves…be our own worst critics… but before you judge yourself, make sure your mirror is clean,” he captioned the snap.
It is uncertain whether Jonathan’s post had anything to do with Amanda’s absence from Strictly, two months after fans threatened to boycott the show over unearthed tweets she’d written criticising a drag show.
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Amanda took to Instagram herself on Saturday morning to post a message of her own.
“People don’t fake depression… they fake being okay. Remember that. Be kind,” she urged.
Fans declared that they were “absolutely gutted” by the news she wouldn’t be performing, with some insisting the show would be “boring” without her.
It comes after an incredible Foxtrot the previous week in time to Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Everywhere’, which earned them rave reviews.
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“Amanda & Giovanni are definitely my couple to win #strictly,” one follower tweeted admiringly after catching sight of the show.
Meanwhile, this week, the hosts addressed the cause of her absence, with Claudia Winkleman explaining: “Now as you may have noticed Amanda and Giovanni are missing from the line-up. Due to medical reasons Amanda is unable to perform this week.”
Tess Daly added: “As per the rules of the competition she has been given a bye. All being well she will return to the ballroom next week. Amanda, we are all sending you lots of love.”
At home, Amanda’s partner Jonathan is confined to a wheelchair due to a horror accident he endured while filming for America’s Got Talent: Extreme.
Just over two years ago, one of the former daredevil’s stunts went wrong and he was crushed between two burning motor vehicles.
He had been trying to escape from a strait-jacket while suspended 30 feet above the ground, but following the terrifying accident, the show was taken off air altogether amid safety concerns.
Jonathan later told the world that he’d handed Amanda a “get out of jail free card” in case she wanted to leave him now that he is paralysed permanently.
However, the Sherlock actress vowed to stay with him, later telling Jay Rayner on the Out To Lunch podcast: “He fell 30ft and lost a kidney, broke both shoulder blades, shattered both legs.
“[He had] third-degree burns, broke his spine and severed his spinal cord and nearly died – and then on the operating table, he nearly died again.”
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