Is this Italian champ ‘Born To Win’?
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Four series into Strictly, Giovanni is now a firm favourite with the public and fellow dancers alike - and he's ready to reach for the Glitterball in 2018!
I have loved watching Strictly Come Dancing and I can’t wait to be part of the showGiovanni Pernice
He started his Strictly career with a bang, reaching the final in 2015 with his partner Coronation Street actress Georgia May Foote. Their Charleston got a clean sweep of tens, but ultimately the win went to Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani. With his eyes on the prize in 2016, Giovanni touched week seven with partner Laura Whitmore, making it all the way to the Final once again in 2017 with his magical partner Debbie McGee.
But now he's dancing with Steps singer Faye Tozer, could this be the year he reaches the top spot?
Giovanni was born in Sicily, and decided from a young age that he wanted to take up dance lessons. At the age of 14, he moved to Bologna to concentrate on dance and to be taught by some of the best teachers in the world.
Though his greatest achievement to date is winning the Italian Championships in 2012, Giovanni has competed in numerous international dance competitions since first competing as an adult in 2008. From Moscow to Malta and from Belgrade to Belgium, these competitions have taken Giovanni all over Europe and seen him compete at the highest level for the last seven years.
Giovanni’s favourite dance style is the jive as he feels it reflects his cheeky character. Cheeky? Giovanni? Surely not…!
Giovanni has the date of his 2012 Italian Championship win tattooed on his wrist, along with ‘Nato Per Vincere’ meaning ‘Born To Win’ written on his arm.