Singer and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Alexandra Burke is reportedly at loggerheads with professional dance partner Gorka Marquez. According to latest reports, the pair are ‘at war’ after Alexandra became furious that his attention isn’t solely on winning the Strictly trophy, but seems to have other things on his mind.
Rumour has it that Gorka is in a relationship with fellow contestant Gemma Atkinson – and Alexandra isn’t happy about it in the slightest. Gorka and Gemma have apparently been meeting up after rehearsals and even going out for dinner after the live show on Saturday evenings.
Speaking exclusively to The Daily Star, Gorka admitted he was extremely fond of the blonde bombshell: “We hang out together and do some workouts and I think she is beautiful, but we are just friends.”
Due to this blosoming romance, tensions have apparently been running high in the rehearsal room between Alexandra and Gorka.
Gorka admitted to the newspaper that Alexandra can be quite diva-ish when she wants to be. He said: “She shouts more to me than I shout at her. She brings the beast out of me.”
Alexandra also hasn’t been afraid to admit that she has a fiery temper in the rehearsal room, stating: “He’s scared of me. There was one time that he stopped mid-dance and I shouted and I screamed at him saying, ‘You are meant to be a pro, don’t ever stop’. He was like, ‘Whooah, OK girl. I will never stop again’.”
Despite rumours of their feud, a source associated with the pair claimed that it’s all been blown out of proportion: “This is just complete nonsense, Alex and Gorka are getting on really well – they’re definitely pushing each other in the rehearsal room to be the best they can be and create amazing routines. they said.
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“And as for the rumoured ‘war’ with Gemma that is laughable, they hang out together backstage every Friday and Saturday.”
Whilst rumours were spinning out of control surrounding Gemma and Gorka’s blossoming romance, Alexandra recently appeared on ITV’s Lorraine, to state her certainty that there’s nothing romantically occuring between her dance partner and Gemma.
She said: ‘You say apparently that’s happening. I don’t know where he’s got time to have anything going on to be fair.
“You literally can’t believe anything you read, you can’t believe those sorts of things. It’s fun with every professional on the show and every contestant as well.”
So, with gossip seemingly put-to-bed surrounding Gemma and Gorka’s relationship, Alexandra has also admitted she’s finding it difficult to get loved-up with her dance partner during dance routines.
“Every time we ran it in rehearsal I kept getting quite giggly and embarrassed by being so close to him and pretending to be in love,” she said.
“We got to a point where we had to stop, and he went red-faced, but then I started tickling him and we were laughing so hard we were crying!”.
A few weeks back, Alexandra hit the top of the leaderboard after receiving a huge 39/40 after dancing to Tina Turner’s ‘Proud Mary’, however many viewers of the show are wondering whether her constant high scores are ‘fixed’ due to the death of Alexandra’s mum who died just weeks before the first live show.
Yet, ‘baddie’ judge Craig Revel Horwood has hit back at these claims in his column in Woman Magazine, writing that such reports of this ‘fix’ are ‘ridiculous’.
Alexandra Burke is a decent dancer. Anyone would think she danced on the West End stage. #Strictly2017
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In other Strictly news, former JLS star Aston Merrigold and professional dance partner Janette Manrara were slammed by viewers after they were filmed practicing in a graveyard in preparation for Halloween week.
Many viewers of the show who were watching last Saturday’s episode took to Twitter to comment on the choice of location:
One user said: “#strictly disappointed over dancing in graveyard Aston & Jeanette – disrespectful [sic].”
Whilst another added: “So disrespectful dancing in a graveyard on people’s graves.”
Due to the overwhelming comments made by viewers, a spokesperson on behalf of the BBC made a statement surrounding Aston and Jannette’s use of the graveyard. He commented that the pair had been respectful and ‘sensitive to their surroundings’ for the duration of the filming, adding:
“Aston and Janette’s pre-dance film was recorded in a cemetery as their routine on Saturday evening’s Halloween-themed show was set in a graveyard,” they said.
“With the express permission from the cemetery they specifically danced in a historical area which is often used as a filming location. Everyone involved was sensitive to their surroundings by ensuring they stuck solely to the public walkways, and at no point did anyone walk or dance on any grave.”
Even judge Strictly judge Shirley Ballas has hit headlines recently after viewers were ‘disappointed’ that she has been softer on contestants than anticipated. Apparently, the 57-year old has been so ‘nice’, that viewers have complained she’s been marking contestants too highly, despite their obvious mistakes.
Hitting back at criticism, she said:
“I have been an adjudicator all my life. People are judged against themselves and not against each other. Every journey is a different one.
“In some ways I love the viewers but they’re not ballroom dancers. Some of them are and they have great constructive criticism.
“But it doesn’t matter if you like one thing, because someone is always going to like the opposite of what you like and that’s OK, it’s what makes the world go round.”
So how has Shirley dealt with the increased fame and criticism, especially in the “overwhelming” beginning?
Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 6.50pm and the results show on Sunday at 7.15pm on BBC One.