Strictly no bul­ly­ing! Crick­eter backs bust-up duo to shine

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - NEWS -

For­mer crick­eter Graeme Swann threw his weight be­hind Strictly pro Amy Dow­den af­ter re­ports of a bit­ter bust-up with her celebrity part­ner Danny John-jules.

The Red Dwarf star has been warned by show bosses about his be­hav­iour af­ter his dance part­ner fled train­ing in tears.

He is ac­cused of re­peat­edly shout­ing and swear­ing and, on one oc­ca­sion, it is claimed, told Amy: “I’m the star, not you.”

He de­nies the al­le­ga­tions, claim­ing the re­ports were fu­elled by “racists in pointy hats”, but book­ies’ have made him favourite to get voted out on tonight’s show.

For­mer sports­man Graeme said: “You don’t get to see peo­ple with their dance part­ners through the week but I do know that Amy’s a fan­tas­tic girl.

“I hope there’s no truth in it be­cause there’s no place for bul­ly­ing in the workplace.

“I’m sure they’ll be do­ing their best to put it be­hind them.”

Ten­sions can run high in the train­ing room and Graeme ad­mit­ted he’d had one be­hind-the-scenes bar­ney with his pro part­ner Oti Mabuse.

“Oti had put a bit into our jive that I worked tire­lessly to do and Oti took it out be­cause I was rub­bish at it.

“I de­manded she kept it in and we ended up hav­ing a blaz­ing row.

“She stormed out and left me feel­ing re­ally stupid.

“I’m ter­ri­ble in arguments, es­pe­cially with women, as I say things and im­me­di­ately regret them and apol­o­gise.

“I went to the kitchen and made her a green tea and we hugged and it was all great.”

Graeme, who has lost two-and-a-half stone and is now the same weight he was aged 19, danced a high en­ergy Salsa to Soca Boys’ Fol­low the Leader last night in a bid to make next week’s Black­pool Spe­cial.

“Ev­ery­one says it’s the best week ever,” said Graeme.

“I’m des­per­ate to get there and de­ter­mined to put on a good show to make sure we do.”

Amy Dow­den and Danny John-jules on Strictly last night

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