Giovanni Pernice spends Christmas in Italy with fellow Strictly dancer

Strictly Come Dancing hunk and professional dancer Giovanni Pernice spent Christmas in Italy with a fellow Strictly star.

Enjoying the festive period in Italy, Giovanni spent some time with fellow professional dancer Kai Widdrington.

Kai posted a couple of videos on his Instagram account, where he and Giovanni could be seen playing a game on the app.

The pair were both supposed to be in the grand finale of Strictly Come Dancing 2021, but only Giovanni made it to the final, while Kai dropped out.

Kai was forced to withdraw from the dancing competition that airs on BBC One after his celebrity dance partner AJ Odudu sustained a painful foot injury that meant she couldn't put weight on her foot, in turn leaving her unable to dance.

Giovanni competed in the final against pro Johannes Radebe who was paired up with The Great British Bake Off's John Whaite.

Paired with EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis, Giovanni and his celebrity partner lifted the coveted glitterball trophy.

This comes as Kai's celeb partner AJ Odudu recently shared an update on him after viewers became big fans of the young duo.

Taking to Instagram to post a clip of herself and Kai dancing in a festive edit that a fan made, she wrote: “I loved watching @bbcstrictly Xmas Special & now I’m OBSESSED with the festive edit of our Waltz by @fayniandstitch.

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"Kai's waltz really is the gift that keeps on giving & I’m here for it."

One person said: "Absolutely stunning AJ and Kai. I miss watching Strictly with you 2 every Saturday."

Someone else penned: "The most magical dance, love watching you two together."

Meanwhile, Giovanni's celebrity dance partner Rose has recently posted a picture with a new dance partner as she was lifted up, Dirty Dancing style.

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The man is turned away from the camera with his arm covering his face and many eagle eyed fans attempted to figure out who he was, with the snap even leaving Giovanni confused.

She captioned the post: “Strictly, you’re still not out of my system.”

Giovanni commented: “Well done!” followed by some loving face emojis.

Her fans couldn’t get enough either: “Please let that be Giovanni,” said one, while another commented: “Wrong man though! Where’s Gio?”

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