Debbie McGee to dance with Giovanni Pernice on Strictly Come Dancing

Debbie McGee’s dancing partner in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing contest has been revealed as Giovanni Pernice.

Giovanni jumped for joy when he was revealed as Debbie’s partner during a special reveal show broadcast on BBC One on Saturday night. He then rushed to give the BBC Radio Berkshire presenter a big hug, sweeping her off her feet.

He later tweeted that he was “super happy” about the pairing.

This is his third year in the contest – in his debut series he was partnered with Coronation Street actor Georgia May Foote and they reached the final.

Hopefully, his partnership with Debbie will be just as successful.

Debbie has pledged to continue presenting her Sunday morning radio show during her Strictly run and is looking forward to taking part in the contest.

Earlier this week she told the Daily Telegraph that she hadn’t danced for 35 years, and feels that her classical ballet training would do little to help her in the show.

She said: “I haven’t danced for 35 years and when I trained I trained as a ballet dancer which is very rigid and different to this.”

And Debbie is following in the footsteps of her late husband Paul Daniels, who was a contestant in the 2010 series.

“He had such a good time,” Debbie told the Telegraph.

Now Debbie has a fortnight to prepare for her first competitive evening on the show – she will take part in the first dance on Saturday, September 23.

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Phil Creighton

Editor of The Wokingham Paper, and has worked in local journalism for more than 20 years including the Wokingham Times, Bracknell Standard and Reading Evening Post. He's also written for computer magazines, The Baptist Times and, to his delight and probably not yours, interviewed several Doctor Whos.

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