Strictly’s Aljaz Skorjanec and Pasha Kovalev hit back at claims they dropped dancer from tour without telling him
Aljaz Skorjanec and Pasha Kovalev have hit back at claims they replaced a dancer on their upcoming tour without telling him.
The Strictly Come Dancing professionals tour with their own show Here Come The Boys alongside Sam Salter, but 2020 dates had to be scrapped due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Ballet dancer Sam says he was informed by a fan that he had been removed from promotional imagery for the rescheduled dates — and had been replaced by Aljaz and Pasha's Strictly co-star Graziano Di Prima.
Sam took to Instagram to hit out at the dancers in front of his 80,000 followers, but has since deleted his rant.
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He wrote: "The 2021 show was discussed in meetings but obviously with this year's show being cancelled I was hoping the 2021 tour would [go ahead].
"However I was told that there was no show at all, no more Here Come the Boys at all, it was done.
"So then I find out through a show fan that I'm not in it anymore and then through my mum that her tickets are still valid to go and see the show that I'm not in.
"I found out all that this morning and then they post that and say Sam was really sad. I am sad, yes but how do you even know that because you haven't asked me?
"You haven't even told me directly that you're going ahead. You've literally cropped me out of the poster and put someone else in.
"It's terrible form, really really disappointed but not as disappointed as I am in the producers of the show that could have handled it better."
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The producers of Here Come The Boys then hit back at Sam's statement, telling Mirror Online: "Here Come the Boys enjoyed a hugely successful year in 2019, becoming a hugely successful 'dance show brand' starring a different configuration of dance stars each year.
"The casting for next year's tour was always the producer's decision. Unfortunately, we now understand that Sam's agent failed to communicate this to him.
"Over three weeks ago we contacted all the headline artists involved in the 2020 version via their representatives, including Sam Salter's agent, informing them that this tour would be cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.
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"We were all very upset to see that there had been a break in the communication between Sam and his agent.
"We were also saddened that at the moment we are unable to involve Sam in the 2021 version, as the format had completely changed.
"However, prior to Sam's postings on his social medial accounts, we had just opened discussions with his representative to find a way to involve him. Those discussions remain ongoing."
Sam later returned to social media to apologise for his rant, posting: "Sometimes life in lockdown is hard. Senses are heightened. I would like to apologise to the producers and cast of Here Come The Boys for posting my recent stories about the 2021 cast. I offer all involved only the best for their 2021 production."
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