Strictly Come Dancing’s Debbie McGee shocks viewers and Giovanni Pernice with surprise kiss

Emma Powell
Kiss me, quick: Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice: BBC

Debbie McGee left Giovanni Pernice in shock as she wrapped up their debut Strictly Come Dancing routine with a surprise kiss.

The 58-year-old entertainer left professional dancer Pernice open mouthed after she grabbed his face, kissed his lips and pushed him to the floor.

Speaking about the kiss, Pernice said: “Look she’s left me with red lips.”

Explaining her impromptu improvisation, McGee told host Claudia Winkleman: “That wasn’t in the routine. In the rehearsal I wasn’t kissing him so he didn’t expect it.”

Leading the way: Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice (PA)

Viewers were blown away by McGee’s bold move with one tweeting: “Was Debbie meant to kiss Giovanni on the lips? What a minx!”

Others voiced their jealousy at the kiss: “No words for Debbie, that was phenomenal. I'd happily kiss Giovanni again #strictly.”