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Giovanni Pernice

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With five years of Strictly under his belt, Giovanni is now a firm favourite with the public and fellow dancers alike.

I have loved watching Strictly Come Dancing and I can’t wait to be part of the show
Giovanni Pernice

He started his Strictly career with a bang, reaching the Grand Final in 2015 with Coronation Street actress Georgia May Foote. Their Charleston got a clean sweep of 10s, but ultimately the win went to Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani.

With his eyes on the prize in 2016, Giovanni reached Week Seven with partner Laura Whitmore, but made it to the Final for the second time with Debbie McGee in 2017.

In 2018 Giovanni partnered up with Steps singer Faye Tozer and made it to the Grand Final - again! A year later, he took his celeb partner Michelle Visage to Blackpool, where their Strictly journey finished.

Could there be another Final in store for Gio in 2020? Watch this space!


Giovanni was born in Sicily, and knew from a young age that he wanted to dance. At the age of 14, he moved to Bologna to concentrate on his passion and was 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, first competing as an adult in 2008.

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