"Strictly has a proud track record as a joyful, positive experience where robust support and assistance is always made available at every stage of the production..."
There'll be one notable absentee when Strictly comes to an end this weekend.
"I’m so sad that I am unable to go any further."
The Sherlock actor won't be returning to the ballroom after missing last Saturday's show.
As the new series of Strictly gets underway, the dancer has explained why he won’t feature in some of the professional routines this season.
The Strictly professional will be absent form some of the BBC show's group numbers.
The dance – to Clean Bandit’s Symphony – had to be reworked before it became the routine that went on to win a Bafta.
Giovanni and his celeb partner Richie Anderson became the second pair to leave the competition over the weekend.
There are now 13 couples remaining in the competition.
"Please do not use my partnership with Johannes as a way to undermine or erode the beauty of Richie and Giovanni’s."