BBC Strictly Come Dancing Giovanni Pernice's partner shares 'heartbroken' update after show exit

Giovanni Pernice will not be part of the Strictly Come Dancing cast for the upcoming season
-Credit: (Image: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)


Debbie McGee has said she is heartbroken for Giovanni Pernice after his Strictly Come Dancing exit.

The two were paired together on the 2017 edition of the BBC contest. Giovanni and Debbie wowed fans as they finished in third place in the race to win the Glitterball.

Debbie has taken to social media to react to the news Giovanni will not be part of the cast for the next season. She said: "I’m heartbroken for ⁦@pernicegiovann1.⁩

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"My memories of Strictly will always be happy and life changing. He nurtured me through my grief and gave me the confidence that I could do things I thought were beyond me."

Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice progressed to the final of Strictly Come Dancing in 2017
Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice progressed to the final of Strictly Come Dancing in 2017 -Credit:Getty Images

The BBC issued an announcement yesterday to confirm the cast of professionals for the upcoming season. According to the update, Amy Dowden, Dianne Buswell, Nadiya Bychkova, Graziano Di Prima, Amy Dowden, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Neil Jones, Nikita Kuzmin, Gorka Marquez, Luba Mushtuk, Jowita Przystal, Johannes Radebe, Kai Widdrington, Nancy Xu, Carlos Gu, Lauren Oakley, Michelle Tsiakkas and Vito Coppola make up the professionals for the upcoming season.

Giovanni's name has not been included, a detail many fans have noticed. After bosses at the Beeb shared the news on X, formerly Twitter, Viv said: "So no Gio" and Zak said: "No Giovanni then".

Dave said: "No Giovanni, what a shame".

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