Strictly Come Dancing’s Giovanni Pernice: news, tour and relationship with Rose Ayling-Ellis

Giovanni pernice

by Lorna White |
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We can hardly believe that the brilliant Giovanni Pernice, has been on our screens since 2015 as a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing.

Although he's a household name now thanks to his popularity on the dancing show and his travel series with fellow dancer Anton Du Beke, he's only 32-years-old so he's definitely got plenty more years of dancing left in him!

Whether you're a fan of Strictly's professional dancers or you want to know more about Giovanni and Rose-Ayling Ellis' dancing partnership, we've covered everything you need to know about the wonderful Giovanni Pernice.

Giovanni Pernice on Strictly Come Dancing

Giovanni first appeared on our screens as a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing back in 2015. His first partner that year was Coronation Street actress Georgia May Foote who managed to reach the final with Giovanni – an impressive run for his first series!

Other famous dancing partners include presenter Laura Whitmore in 2016, Debbie McGee in 2017 who reached the final, 2018 with Steps star Faye Tozer, 2019 with TV star Michelle Visage, 2020 with journalist Ranvir Singh, 2021 with Rose Ayling-Ellis whom he won with and in 2022, he was in his first same-sex partnering with Richie Anderson.

Giovanni and Rose Ayling-Ellis

Giovanni Pernice and Rose Ayling Ellis

They stole our hearts back in the 2021 series of Strictly with their touching and heart-warming performances. Rose was the shows first ever deaf contestant but she didn't let that stop her, and went on to win the series with her moving dance numbers.

The chemistry between Rose and Giovanni was undeniable, leading many to speculate if the pair were more than just dancing partners. The pair have denied this rumoured romance and have revealed they're just very good friends.

Following their Strictly Come Dancing win, Rose has campaigned endlessly for deaf communities, becoming the first person to sign the CBeebies bedtime story and work alongside Mattel to develop the first deaf Barbie doll.

Is Giovanni Pernice married?

Giovanni is currently single and not married. According to reports, his last relationship was with fellow professional dancing partner, Jowita Przystal, although the pair continuously denied the rumours. Giovanni's previous girlfriends include Maura Higgins, Ashley Roberts, Georgia May Foote and Jess Wright.

How old is Giovanni?

He was born September 5, 1990, making him currently age 32.

Giovanni's latest news, TV shows and tour

Giovanni and Anton

When he's not performing on Strictly Come Dancing, you can often catch Giovanni dancing on one of his many tours. He'll next be going on tour in 2024 in his show, Let Me Entertain You where he'll be performing a whopping 79 shows! As well as his own tour, he'll also be heading on tour with his close friend Anton Du Beke in their Anton & Giovanni Together Live Tour.

We loved seeing Anton Du Beke and Giovanni together in their recent travel series, Adventure's in Sicily which saw Giovanni give Anton a tour of his hometown of Sicily which you can now catch up with on BBC iPlayer.

Does Giovanni have Instagram?

Yes, you can follow Giovanni over on Instagram @giovannipernice.


Lorna White is a Senior Digital Writer at She was previously a writer at Yours Magazine writing features and news stories before joining the digital team. Lorna loves the great British countryside and likes to spend her spare time out and about in her home of Nottinghamshire walking her dog, Pippin.

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