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A look at the life of Strictly star Giovanni Pernice

STRICTLY’S Giovanni Pernice has become almost as famous as the show itself.

He’s now back for Strictly’s 2020 series and is hoping to take home that Glitterball Trophy, as the dancer revealed his romance with Maura Higgins in July.

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Giovanni Pernice is a Strictly professional dancerCredit: BBC

What is Giovanni’s background?

Giovanni is a 31-year-old professional dancer who joined Strictly in 2015.

He was born in Sicily and started dance lessons at a young age.

The talented dancer is yet to win Strictly, and says his greatest achievement to date is winning the Italian Championships in 2012.

Giovanni says his favourite dance is the jive, as it reflects his cheekiness.

 Giovanni was partnered with Ranvir Singh for Strictly 2020

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Giovanni was partnered with Ranvir Singh for Strictly 2020Credit: BBC

Who is Giovanni Pernice dating?

Giovanni is now dating Love Island beauty Maura Higgins, after the pair went public in July 2021.

The Sun has previously told how Giovanni had been eyeing up Maura for a long time.

A pal said: “They’ve met each other at events in the past and Giovanni has always fancied Maura.

“But it wasn’t until she became single that he made his move. Once they started texting, and then eventually meeting up, things quickly went from there.

“Maura has spent a couple of days with Gio and been staying with him while he’s on tour.

“But she’s now had to go away with work herself so they face spending a week or two apart which neither of them are looking forward to as they’ve become close really quickly.”

Maura has shared a sneak peak into the couple’s relationship as she posted snaps of their romantic getaway at a London Spa.

 Giovanni is dating Irish beauty Maura Higgins

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Giovanni is dating Irish beauty Maura Higgins

Who are Giovanni’s ex-girlfriends?

Giovanni has previously dated stars including Ashley Roberts, Jess Wright and Georgia May Foote.

Giovanni met Pussycat Dolls singer Ashley Roberts in 2018, when she appeared on Strictly.

They went on to date for a year. before calling time on their romance in January 2020.

And ex Coronation Street actress Katie was romantically linked to the Italian stallion five years ago.

The Italian dancer, after splitting from Katie’s Corrie co-star Georgia May Foote in 2016, was reported to have dated Katie in 2017.

Katie has always played down the romance and previously told The Sun: “They were trying to make it look like I was trying to have her boyfriend and I really wasn’t, even though they weren’t together any more, just because he’d dated another Corrie actress at some point.

“I was quite upset about it because I’d not done anything. It was blown up out of all proportion.”

As Katie joins the 2021 Strictly line up, bosses are desperate to pair sexy soap star Katie McGlynn with pro dancer ­Giovanni ­Pernice — but fear it could create a storm with his new girlfriend Maura Higgins.

Former Corrie star Katie, 28, has sent a message to the Italian dancer’s girlfriend, Love Island beauty Maura Higgins, saying: “Don’t worry. I’ve no time for a man.”

 Giovanni previously dated Ashley Roberts

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Giovanni previously dated Ashley RobertsCredit: @iamashleyroberts/ Instagram

Who is Giovanni Pernice’s Strictly 2021 partner?

Strictly Come Dancing’s latest celebrities will be paired with their professional partners during the launch show on tonight.

Also competing will be EastEnders actress Nina Wadia, TV presenter AJ Odudu, Dragons’ Den investor Sara Davies, McFly star Tom Fletcher, Coronation Street actress Katie McGlynn, TV presenter Tilly Ramsay, comedian Robert Webb, CBBC host Rhys Stephenson and actor Greg Wise.

In 2019 Giovanni was partnered with fellow Italian Michelle Visage, who joked about bosses putting two Italians together.
 Giovanni made it to the final in his first series on Strictly Come Dancing with Georgia May Foote

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Giovanni made it to the final in his first series on Strictly Come Dancing with Georgia May FooteCredit: PA:Press Association

What time is Strictly Come Dancing 2021 on?

The Strictly results live show will be on TONIGHT (September 18, 2021).

You can catch it from 7.45pm on BBC One.

You can watch any episodes you miss on the BBC iPlayer.

Strictly’s Giovanni Pernice says he is ‘single and ready to mingle’ after split with Ashley Roberts



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