A tabloid reports professional dancer Aliona Vilani is furious with BBC bosses over being dropped from Saturday night celebrity ballroom competition Strictly Come Dancing.The beeb announced last week this years’ series was to undergo a number of changes, including the departure of four professional dancers.
The Mirror reports that she told them, “I feel I should make it clear that I haven’t left. It was definitely not my decision and choice to leave Strictly – let’s see what happens.”
In true Noele Gordon style the performer has been left in the dark as to why she’s been ditched from the high profile programme.
“They didn’t give me a reason and I was too upset to ask why. I was just told that I was out and that was that.” adding, “It was very difficult to hear, I had planned to be on the show this year so I will have to make new plans. Right now I am very upset and in a state of shock.”
On Saturday the corporation announced that four professional dancers were to be replaced for the 11th series of Strictly with Flavia Cacace, Vincent Simone and Erin Boag also leaving the show with Vilani.
Erin Boag had been with the series since its launch and indicated it was her choice to depart saying, “With a truly heavy heart, I have decided to decline the BBC’s very kind offer to compete again in series 11″
In a statement the beeb denied the dancers, who partner the celebrities in order to teach them to dance, have been axed from the series. The corporation said all have left of their own choice to ‘focus on their careers’ outside of the television studios.
Names noted by the BBC as joining the series, include Iveta Lukosiute who has appeared as a ‘stand in’ dancer previously. Emma Slater, Aljaz Skorjanec, and Janette Manrara will also join the line up.
Strictly Come Dancing is the celebrity version of long running dance contest Come Dancing which started in 1949 on the BBC. Current hosts are Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly. Forsyth recently hit out at ITV search for a star series Britain’s Got Talent. The 11th series of Strictly returns later this year.
[Pictured: The professional dancers of 2012]