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Giovanni Pernice

Giovanni Pernice

Giovanni is currently touring his new solo show ‘Let Me Entertain You’, and later this year he will once again be performing with Anton Du Beke in new show ‘Anton & Giovanni - Together’ around the UK. Following on from the success of ‘Anton and Giovanni: Adventures in Sicily’, the BBC commisioned a second season entitled ‘Anton and Giovanni: Adventures in Spain’ which is currently being broadcast on BBC One & BBC iPlayer.

Giovanni burst onto British TV screens in the Autumn of 2015 as a new professional dancer on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing. He was partnered with former Coronation Street star Georgia May Foote, and they finished the series as joint runners-up in the Final. They continued their partnership in the 2016 Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour. Giovanni then dazzled screens in 2016, 2017 and 2018 with amazing runs on Strictly Come Dancing, making it again to the final with the one and only Debbie McGee in 2017 and Faye Tozer in 2018. 2019 was very busy with the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour, his Dance Is Life Solo Tour, Strictly Professionals Tour and Here Come the Boys Tour. 

In 2020, Giovanni toured with his new production This Is Me and was partnered on Strictly Come Dancing with GMB presenter Ranvir Singh. In 2021, Giovanni played the Dance Master in his feature film debut, Man and Witch. Other notable work in 2021 included being a judge on I Like The Way You Move, guest appearance on Ru Paul’s Drag Race, as well as touring the UK with Anton du Beke in Him & Me. Ending 2021, Giovanni partnered and won Strictly with Eastender’s actress Rose Ayling-Ellis. This victory captured the hearts of the nation and raised awareness for the deaf community. Their Couple’s Dance to Symphony consequently won them a 2022 BAFTA TV Award for Must-See Moment. 2022 was an incredible year for Giovanni upon becoming Strictly Champion, performing on Strictly Come Dancing Live Arena Tour, This is Me and Him & Me tours, as well as numerous TV appearances. Giovanni finished the year by partnering TV & Radio presenter Richie Anderson in his first ever all male pairing. 2023 saw him tour his new solo show ‘Made in Italy’, then touring with Anton Du Beke in ‘Him & Me’, it also saw him on screen in a brand-new BBC1 three-part entertainment travel series ‘Anton and Giovanni: Adventures in Sicily’. 

Giovanni currently holds 2 Guinness World Records - the most jive kick and flicks in 30 seconds and the most Charleston swivel steps in 30 seconds. This was recorded on the Strictly Pro Challenge seen on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two. 

Giovanni was born on the Italian island of Sicily, and at age 14 he moved to Bologna to train full time in dance. He first started competing as an adult in 2008, winning competitions all over Europe. Specialising in Latin, his greatest achievement was winning the Italian Championships in 2012.

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