Strictly's Zara McDermott takes a swipe at partner Graziano Di Prima
Strictly’s Zara McDermott rows with Graziano Di Prima after revealing she’s suffering from extreme exhaustion: ‘I did double the workload to you!’
Zara McDermott bickered with Graziano Di Prima on Thursday as they put the finishing touches to their Charleston ahead of the weekend’s live show.
The Love Island star, 26, found herself in the dreaded dance-off for a second time last week and has been undergoing gruelling rehearsals to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
Yet the intense schedule took its toll, with Zara left suffering from extreme exhaustion and sleeping on the floor.
After Graziano shared a video of Zara napping she was quick to hit back by claiming she had done ‘double the workload’ of her professional partner.
As the Italian dancer revealed ‘She asked me 5 minutes break @zaramcdermott’, Zara reposted the clip by adding: ‘I think I’ve clocked about 50k steps already today with this routine. Give me a break pls?’
Oh dear: Zara McDermott bickered with Graziano Di Prima on Thursday as they put the finishing touches to their Charleston ahead of the weekend’s live show
Struggling: The intense schedule took its toll, with Zara left suffering from extreme exhaustion and sleeping on the floor
She later shared a selfie of herself heading to rehearsals that she captioned: ‘Graz just had the audacity to call me and tell me his legs hurt after rehearsals yesterday when he spent 50% of the day sitting down and analysing me doing the routine on my own.
‘HOW DO YOU THINK I FEEL MATE @grazianodiprima.’
Graziano was quick to defend himself, posting a video as he explained: ‘I just want to reply about Zara’s story saying that I was seated. I am seated but I am still working correcting her.’
Zara then chipped in: ‘I did double the workload to you yesterday and you have the audacity to say your legs hurt!’
As Graziano responded: ‘who has been correcting you?’ Zara hit back with ‘who’s been doing the work?’ but conceded when Graziano added: ‘who’s making you perfect?’
Zara also shared a snap inside the dance studio and penned: ‘It’s our last day of training today before Halloween week!!
‘I definitely woke up this morning feeling the nerves and pressure to make myself proud this weekend, I realised that is down to ME and how much I believe in myself, and how much I put into that performance on Saturday night. I am in control of that.
‘I somehow managed to give myself a pep talk in the mirror and now all my nerves have GONE! I am just excited to go and have FUN!!!!!!
‘Just shows the power of the mind & perspective.’
Hitting back: After Graziano shared a video of Zara napping she was quick to hit back by claiming she had done ‘double the workload’ of her professional partner
Defence: Graziano was quick to defend himself as he explained, ‘I just want to reply about Zara’s story saying that I was seated. I am seated but I am still working correcting her’
Feeling good: Zara also shared a snap inside the dance studio as she revealed she was trying to focus on positive thinking ahead of the next live show
Earlier this week, Zara appeared on It Takes Two to discuss narrowly avoiding elimination for the second time during the competition.
Zara explained: ‘Dance off’s don’t get any easier. My nerves got the better of me and I am doing anything I can to work on it this week.
‘This is scary and its daunting no matter how much you rehearse.
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‘I’m so grateful for this man his has been my rock. He always brings the energy and the positivity.’
Sam Thompson admitted he ‘could have done more’ for girlfriend Zara after she narrowly avoided elimination for the second time.
After failing to impress with their Pasodoble in week three, the pair were back in the bottom two on Sunday evening – only to be saved at the expense of comedian Eddie Kadi and professional partner Karen Hauer.
Meanwhile, Zara’s boyfriend Made In Chelsea star Sam, 31, admitted that he partially blames himself for her appearance in the bottom two.
He revealed that he had been distracted by another priority during the week – but would come back ‘stronger’ to support her performance on Saturday.
On his radio show, Hits UK with Sam, he shared with his listeners: ‘Zara was in the dance off again! It’s happening all too often and it’s very hard to take as a boyfriend because she comes back all deflated and she’s worked so hard.
‘I’ve got to be honest with you though I could have done a bit more! I was a bit distracted by the rugby, by the World Cup and I didn’t go as big with my usual efforts on Instagram but I’m going to come back stronger this week though!
‘We’re not going to go down without a fight baby!’
Sam wasn’t in the audience to support Zara on Saturday as she is only given two tickets and has her friends and family on a ‘rota system’.
Zara and Graziano narrowly avoided elimination after scoring 28 for their American Smooth to LeeAnn Rimes’s Can’t Fight The Moonlight.
Saved: Zara and Graziano narrowly avoided elimination last weekend after scoring 28 for their American Smooth to LeeAnn Rimes’s Can’t Fight The Moonlight
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