Professional dancer Strictly Come Dancing Giovanni Pernice has expressed fears over the dance potential of his next partner on the hit BBC show after his stunning win in the 2021 series with actress Rose Ayling-Ellis. Appearing onstage with the show’s new judge Anton Du Beke, Giovanni expressed his concerns about the possibility of having a “shitty partner” when Strictly returns in the fall.
He had been teased by Anton on the Anton & Giovanni – Him & Me tour couple when he visited Cheltenham in Gloucestershire. Professional dancer turned strict judge Anton said that for Giovanni, after winning the show, the only way was down.
“Does that mean I’m going to have a a**t partner?” Giovanni said to laughter from the audience. He then repeated the line for more laughs from the crowded Everyman Theater.
As the pair laughed onstage, Anton said it was the first time he’d uttered the S-word onstage, and when Giovanni tried to come up with another word without the swear words, an audience member said the S-word was fine.
The couple’s show, which includes dancing, singing and talking, continues until July 22. Although some venues and dates are sold out, some tickets are still available.
Anton, 55, becomes a regular member of the Strictly jury this year after replacing Bruno Tonioli in 2021. Bruno, who is a judge on the American series Dancing With The Stars, was unable to participate last year in “the uncertainty about the international community”. travel restrictions” in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and has now left the show for good.
After lifting the glitter ball in December’s grand finale, Rose and Giovanni won the must-watch moment award at TV Baftas last month for their silent dance in tribute to the deaf community.
Giovanni’s return to the show for his 20th series was confirmed last month. The 31-year-old will be joined by fellow Strictly professionals Johannes Radebe, Nadiya Bychkova, Dianne Buswell and Graziano Di Prima.
Pernice, who first joined the BBC One show in 2015, won the Glitterball Trophy with Rose in 2021, marking his first Strictly victory. Ayling-Ellis, 27, was the show’s first deaf contestant, and during the couple’s choice week, the couple performed a routine in which they paused the music and danced silently in tribute to the deaf community.
Pernice is now the longest-serving male professional in the current roster, according to the BBC. Her former celebrity partners have included Georgia May Foote, Michelle Visage and Debbie McGee.
Anton Du Beke was previously the show’s longest-serving professional, having appeared on the show since it first aired in 2004. After a successful debut in 2021, professional dancers Kai Widdrington, Nikita Kuzmin, Cameron Lombard and Jowita Przystal will be also back to Show.