Strictly star exposes feud as he couldn’t ‘be in the same studio’ with partners

Brendan Cole pays a tribute to Len Goodman

Former Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Brendan Cole has revealed just how difficult it can be to take part in the BBC reality dance competition when you don’t get on with your celebrity partner.

This comes amid rumours that one of this year’s pairings, actor Amanda Abbington and pro Giovanni Pernice have been feuding, in claims which have since been quashed by the duo.

Brendan appeared in the first 15 series of Strictly Come Dancing until it was announced in January of 2018 that his contract had not been renewed, and he would not be returning for the upcoming series that year.

Over the years, he was paired with celebrities such as Natasha Kaplinsky, Kelly Brook, Lulu, Jo Wood, Lisa Snowden, Fiona Phillips and Sunetra Sarker.

But he admitted that there were two occasions when he didn’t get along with his dance partner.

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He affirmed: “I’ve had that twice really strongly, where we couldn’t even be in the same studio together – it was awful.”

While Brendan didn’t name names, he did empathise that “the hardest part about Strictly” is if members of the dance partnerships don’t get along, as they have to spend so much time together while training for the Saturday night shows.

He explained to Sky Bingo: “It’s so intense, the training is intense, the time you spend together in the studio, sometimes for hours, sometimes eight hours, sometimes longer.”

For Brendan, “if you’ve got a great relationship, it bolsters the relationship, it encourages, it makes it an amazing experience for both parties, the celeb and the pro”.

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However, “if there’s a little bit of tension, it’s such an uncomfortable feeling!” he revealed.

Back in 2016, Brendan did have to dispel rumours that things were tense between him and his partner Anastacia.

At the time, he announced: “I think we’re both two very strong-minded individuals in a process, but we get along very, very well.”

Other than that, Brendan has not opened up about who he didn’t get on with over his tenure on the reality show.

He did conclude that even though “you might not be a bad person, they might not be a bad person,” the whole format of the show means that pro dancers could be “spending time with somebody that’s not on your wish list.” And because of this lack of connection and chemistry, Brendan’s choreography would “start [being] blamed.”

After leaving the beloved BBC show in 2018, Brendan has since moved abroad with his wife and two children.

He has also appeared on a number of reality shows, with him competing alongside actor Jeremy Edwards on The X Factor: Celebrity in 2019.

Brendan got all the way to the final on the 2022 series of Dancing on Ice, but he was ultimately pipped to the trophy by Regan Gascoigne.

Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturday nights on BBC One, with the Sunday night result show returning this weekend.

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