Strictly: Graziano Di Prima is 'underrated' says Kevin Clifton
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Graziano joined the show in 2018, and came twelfth alongside celebrity partner Vick Hope. He has featured in every series of the hit BBC competition since, but the Strictly Come Dancing star said his dad was forced to move from the front row while watching him.
In 2019, Graziano was demoted from dancing alongside celebrity partners due to his height, and has been a support dancer for the past two series.
He has also been on several episodes of BBC Two’s Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two with Zoë Ball.
The 27-year-old recently said: “I come from a small town and they [his family] came to see the show.
“Imagine that they were in the front row and they had to change my dad because he was crying all the way through!”
Speaking to The Mirror, he continued: “They don’t talk English, so basically my dad was crying all the way through and they asked me, ‘we need to put him a bit back because it’s not possible that we are filming and your dad is crying.'”
He added that growing up, his older brother – along with his parents – was understanding that the family had to do a lot for him to help him achieve his dream of being a dancer.
“It was something I really loved,” he told the publication.
He said he is “buzzing” for the next series to start later this year.
The dancer currently holds the Guinness World Record holder for the most Botafogo steps, performing 90 steps in 30 seconds in a challenge held in December 2019.
The record was won during an episode of It Takes Two.
Graziano revealed that he and fiancée Giada Lini were forced to postpone their wedding due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pair were originally supposed to get married last July, but the first lockdown meant the date had to be cancelled.
Graziano told MailOnline the couple have now had to delay the wedding once again, adding the situation has been “a nightmare.”
Fans of Strictly Come Dancing had been concerned that last year’s show may also be cancelled due to the pandemic, as a wave of other shows were.
But luckily producers managed to make it happen, with Oti Mabuse going on to be crowned the winner for a second time alongside celebrity partner Bill Bailey.
The season saw only three judges, because regular star Bruno Tonioli was unable to travel due to the restrictions in place last year.
Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas were in the judges’ seats, with performances being marked out of 30 instead of the usual 40 points.
Rumours have already begun to circulate as to who may be in the celebrity line-up for this year, and names include Loose Women’s Stacey Solomon, Good Morning Britain presenter Alex Beresford and Gogglebox’s Tom Mallone.
Strictly Come Dancing is set to return later this year.
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