Giovanni Pernice

Strictly Professional Giovanni Pernice

Who is Giovanni Pernice?

Last updated 12th September 2019

Cheeky Sicilian and Champion professional dancer, Giovanni Pernice, joined the Strictly family back in 2015 and has been charming us ever since. He’s also pretty good at the Strictly Pro Challenges with two Guinness World Records under his Italian belt.

This year’s series of Strictly sees Giovanni partnered with Steps singer, Faye Tozer. Get ready for a real song and dance.

On joining Strictly, Faye said, “It’s an entertainment show. It doesn’t matter if you can dance or you can’t, it’s if the audience will want to see you on their TV or not. And actually the bar is really quite high this year, we’ve got some real movers in there that you’ll be surprised about. I can’t wait to get in the costumes. The swishy skirts and fabulous fringing encrusted with crystals…it’s a big yes from me!”

Joanne Clifton is one of the best professional ballroom dancers in the world.

Joanne from Grimsby started dancing from the age of 4 with her brother, Kevin and has competed in over 20 countries around the world.

Joanne partnered BBC Olympic sports presenter Ore Oduba all the way to the Strictly Final, lifting the 2016 glitterball trophy together – Congratulations…

Ore & Joanne scored the highest points ever scored by week 4 of the competition with their amazing Jive to ‘Runaway Baby’

Over the years, Joanne has won numerous awards and accolades, including 5-time British Champion, European Professional Champion and recently, champion of the World Dancesport Games in Taiwan with partner Paolo Bosco.

Learn all about Giovanni & Joanne’s glittering dancing achievements below

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Strictly Stars Giovanni Pernice & Joanne Clifton

Strictly's Joanne Clifton Giovanni Pernice

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Giovanni Pernice

BBC Strictly Come Dancing Star Giovanni Pernice

How old is Giovanni?

28 years old (born 5th September 1990)

Where is Giovanni from?

Sicily, Italy

Is Giovanni single?

Erm, probably not. In the past he’s dated Corrie star, Georgia May Foote and TOWIE’s Jess Wright. Let’s just say, it’s complicated.

What are Giovanni’s greatest dance achievements?

Giovanni started dancing at a young age and relocated to Bologna aged 14 in order to pursue his dance ambitions. During his career he has competed all over Europe and won the Italian Championships in 2012. He’s also the current Guinness World Record holder for Jive kicks and flicks, and Charleston swivels, thanks to the Strictly Pro Challenge.

Who is Giovanni’s professional dance partner?

That’ll be Strictly professional dancer, Luba Mushtuk, who you’ll see in plenty of Group Dances this series.

What’s Giovanni’s favourite dance?

Giovanni loves the Jive.

When did Giovanni join Strictly?

Giovanni arrived in all his dazzling glory in 2015.

Who has Giovanni danced with on Strictly?

Georgia May Foote, Laura Whitmore and Debbie McGee.

Has Giovanni ever won Strictly?

No. He made it to the final with both Georgia May Foote and Debbie McGee, but he’s yet to win the elusive Strictly trophy.

Has Giovanni ever had a wardrobe malfunction on Strictly?

Let’s just say there’s limited opportunity for a wardrobe malfunction as Giovanni tends to wear minimal clothing on the dance floor.

Find out more about Giovanni’s dancing profile on the official BBC Strictly Come Dancing profile page.

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Joanne Clifton

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Joanne Clifton

Joanne was born into a dancing family and danced her first competition at the age of 3 with her brother Kevin.

Joanne started out at Cliftons Dance Academy in Grimsby, which is run by her parents (Former International Latin Champions). She has competed in both Ballroom and Latin for over 26 years and in that time has become: 5 time British Champion, 3 time Italian Champion, Professional Ballroom European Champion 2012 and Professional World Dancesport Games Champion 2013.

Joanne recently retired from competing with her partner Paulo Bosco

Joanne has most recently been touring Australia and Japan with Burn the Floor. She is also a model, presenter, actress and singer.

Joanne’s 2016 celebrity partner was BBC Olympic & sports presenter Ore Oduba. Ore makes regular appearences on BBC Breakfast & Radio 5 Live as sports correspondent, in 2013 Ore danced on Let’s Dance for Comic Relief.

On joining Strictly Ore said ‘Doesn’t everyone want to get to Blackpool? I’ve lived in the North West for five years and never been. I’ve got a box of 2ps and 1ps I’d like to get rid of!’

In the 2014 series of Strictly, Joanne famously partnered Radio presenter Scott Mills…who could forget the crab dance! In 2015 Joanne performed in the pro group dances, plus joined Zoe on It Takes Two as one of the resident Dance Experts.


Find out more about Joanne’s dancing profile on her official BBC Strictly Come Dancing profile page.

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Giovanni Pernice 2020 This Is Me Tour Dates & Venues

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