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Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse was left red-faced after getting one of her co-star's names wrong.

The judge was critiquing Kym Marsh's Viennese Waltz with her professional partner Graziano Di Prima when she inadvertently called him by Giovanni Pernice's name.

Motsi quickly covered up her blunder by blaming the show for having too many "Italian boys" – but poor Graziano was left offended.

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While delivering her comments, Motsi said: "There were so many beautiful moments. As soon as you get to the beautiful Giovanni-"

She cut herself off before correcting: "Er, Giovanni? Graziano! Graziano – all these Italian boys! Sorry! It's confusing, it's confusing!"

Graziano pulled a face for the cameras as Motsi yelled: "Welcome to Italy! So listen…" she tried to continue as laughter erupted from the audience.

Twitter users came out in force to comment on the mishap, as one penned: "Motsi is gonna be catching it from every angle after the mixup oh no sister!"

Someone else giggled: "No one has ever been more relatable than Motsi not being able to tell men apart."

"Motsi overwhelmed with the three Italian pro dancers!" another pointed out with a row of cry-laughing emojis.

And another fan echoed: "Much like Motsi I am overwhelmed by all the lovely Italian men."

Elsewhere in Saturday's programme, Corrie star Will Mellor broke down as he apologised to his kids at home for his dancing.

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Up in the commentary box, host Claudia Winkleman told Will: "I know you want to say hello to your daughter – she is having a Strictly party at home right now. Hello Renee!"

"Yeah, Renee and Autumn and Erin, they're all sat at home watching," Will said, before continuing, "Sorry it wasn't great for you kids. I tried my best."

There were shouts of "no!" from gathered onlookers as Claudia reassured him he'd done a great job, and received scores of sevens and sixes from the panel.

Strictly Come Dancing airs Saturdays from 6:30pm on BBC One, with the results show following on Sundays.


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