Giovanni set the record straight with BBC viewers after he and Richie were photographed leaving the dance studio separately.
A source told The Sun the duo were not getting on and Giovanni was finding it difficult to teach his partner the dance routines.
“The pair haven’t clicked,” they claimed. “Richie is so swept up by the whole experience that he is talking 100 words a minute, and it can be hard for Giovanni.
“He has told pals that Richie talks instead of listening during training, and it is frustrating.”