Cof­fee with my hand­some Strictly part­ner? That’s magic, says Deb­bie

The Mail on Sunday - - Femail - By Ben Gart­side

YOU don’t spend 28 years mar­ried to a ma­gi­cian with­out know­ing how to cast a spell...

And Deb­bie McGee cer­tainly ap­peared to be work­ing her magic on her Strictly Come Danc­ing part­ner Gio­vanni Per­nice last week.

The pair were both seen smil­ing flir­ta­tiously as they shared a cof­fee in Read­ing, Berk­shire, close to her river­side home.

Miss McGee, the widow of Paul Daniels, ad­mits that at 58 – more than twice the age of 27-year-old Gio­vanni – she is the ‘grandma’ of this year’s show.

But he has form when it comes to his dance part­ners, as he dated Ge­or­gia May Foote for eight months af­ter they ap­peared on the show in 2015.

Ear­lier this year he said of re­la­tion­ships forged on Strictly: ‘You spend so much time with your celebrity part­ner, it re­ally can hap­pen. It’s nor­mal... but if I dance with an 87-yearold, there might not be a Strictly Curse,’ be­fore laugh­ing: ‘I don’t know ac­tu­ally, maybe!’

The pair will dance the dif­fi­cult paso doble to Be Ital­ian, by Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie, when Strictly re­turns to BBC1 on Saturday.

ALL SMILES: Deb­bie and Gio­vanni at the cafe and, above left, on Strictly

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