Gio­vanni Per­nice, 28

Fourth year on Strictly, run­ner-up in 2015 and 2017

TV Times - - Interview - Emma Bul­limore

what a se­ries it’s been for you this year!

It’s been in­cred­i­ble, I’m lov­ing ev­ery sin­gle sec­ond of it. I’m glad I’ve got a good part­ner in Faye; I’m a very lucky boy! The thing I re­ally love about Faye is her com­mit­ment. She’d never done any­thing like this be­fore, but each week we try lots of dif­fer­ent chore­og­ra­phy and she al­ways gives ev­ery­thing a go.

did you know much about Faye be­fore the se­ries?

I only knew two Steps songs: 5, 6, 7, 8 and Tragedy. Those are the two we had in Italy. I’m a huge fan now, though: I ask Faye to sing for me. I like to pre­tend I’m a great singer, too, but it doesn’t re­ally suit me, un­for­tu­nately…

Have you started to think about the rou­tines you might do in the fi­nal? No, you can’t think ahead! You have to think week by week be­cause the com­pe­ti­tion is so hard this year. Every­body’s bril­liant and each dance is a dif­fer­ent story, so you never know what’s go­ing to hap­pen.

But you have a tat­too that says ‘Born to win’ – you must want to lift the glit­ter­ball!

I would love to win the show, es­pe­cially as I’ve al­ready been a run­ner-up twice be­fore with Ge­or­gia [May Foote] and Deb­bie [Mcgee]. It’s about de­liv­er­ing good per­for­mances ev­ery week; win­ning is a bonus.

which dance has been your favourite so far this year? Our cou­ple’s choice dance, the mu­si­cal-the­atre rou­tine, was great in Hal­loween Week. I’ve loved lots of them: the tango, the quick­step, the paso doble… Ev­ery week has been amaz­ing!

How have things changed for you over the last four years? The most stress­ful thing was be­ing cast on the big­gest show on TV and I couldn’t speak any English at all. I was a lit­tle bit scared. Now I’m more com­fort­able. The pros have all helped me. An­ton [Du Beke] helped me from the very be­gin­ning. I call him ‘padrino’, which means ‘god­fa­ther’! Christ­mas is com­ing… what gift would you buy for Faye? Why Faye? I need to buy a gift for my­self! It was her birth­day dur­ing the se­ries and we went out for lunch, but then it was straight back to danc­ing.

I am push­ing her re­ally hard. The ex­pec­ta­tion is high; she’s a bril­liant dancer and I want peo­ple to recog­nise that, which is why we’re giv­ing it 100 per cent ev­ery time.

Ball­room blitz: Gio­vanni and Faye’s paso doble

Sec­ond place: Deb­bie mcgee and Gio­vanni

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