Good luck Deb­bie and Gio­vanni!

We’re Strictly root­ing for you in the fi­nal

The Wokingham Paper - - FRONT PAGE -

DEB­BIE McGEE and her dance part­ner Gio­vanni Per­nice are pre­par­ing to give their all for their last dance: the cou­ple will be tak­ing part in this Satur­day’s Strictly Come Danc­ing fi­nal.

Over the past 12 weeks, the BBC Ra­dio Berk­shire pre­sen­ter has wowed the na­tion with a se­ries of amaz­ing dances, some of which have scored per­fect 10s from the four judges.

This week­end, they will bat­tle it out with three other cou­ples to see who will be crowned the best of the se­ries and scoop the cov­eted Glit­ter­ball tro­phy.

Each celebrity will per­form a dance picked by the Judges, a brand new Show­dance and a pre­vi­ous rou­tine of their choice.

For Deb­bie and Gio­vanni, the judges have cho­sen a salsa to Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Boys Town Gang.

Their show­dance will be One Day I’ll Fly Away by Vaults.

It’s a busy week for Deb­bie: not only is she pre­par­ing for the Strictly fi­nal, but the tal­ented dancer is also in re­hearsals for pan­tomime: she is ap­pear­ing in Beauty and the Beast in York this fes­tive sea­son.

In a tweet to her danc­ing part­ner ear­lier this week, Deb­bie said: “Yes it re­ally is a DREAM

COME TRUE to be danc­ing in the BBC strictly fi­nal and with you. I’m tin­gling with ex­cite­ment al­ready. To our vot­ers THANK YOU for mak­ing our dream come true.”

At the be­gin­ning of the se­ries, Deb­bie re­vealed that her pre­vi­ous train­ing as a bal­let dancer counted for noth­ing.

“I’ve never had any ex­pe­ri­ence in this type of danc­ing, but I learnt bal­let and mod­ern tap when I was a child and I did dance for a few years but that was 35 years ago, so now it’s like start­ing from scratch.”

She also said: “I haven’t re­ally been think­ing about how far I’ll get, I just hope I get through for a de­cent amount of time and I’m not the first or sec­ond to go. I would love to get through to Black­pool and Hal­lowe’en is my birth­day so I would love to still be in the show then.”

On Satur­day night, while the judges will mark each dance, it is the view­ers who de­cide who will win the tro­phy.

The phone lines will open once ev­ery cou­ple has per­formed their first rou­tine and the view­ers will get the op­por­tu­nity to vote for their favourite cou­ple or cou­ples. The phone lines will close later that night.

Ev­ery vote for Deb­bie will count. bbc.co.uk/strict­ly­comedanc­ing

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