Sunday 25 September 2016

Laura Whitmore lands hunky Italian as partner on Strictly...but will her good friend Georgia approve?

Published 03/09/2016 | 20:10

Laura Whitmore takes part in 'Strictly Come Dancing'
Laura Whitmore takes part in 'Strictly Come Dancing'

Bray native Laura is one of the favourites to win

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Laura Whitmore has been teamed up with Italian hunk Giovanni Pernice on Strictly Come Dancing.

Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice have gone separate ways
Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice have gone separate ways

The Bray native is in a good position to win the competition after landing the talented professional dancer.

However, the presenter will be subject to plenty of romance rumours now that Pernice has split from his girlfriend and former Strictly dance partner, Georgia May Foote.

Lesley Joseph is the oldest contestant in this year's Strictly Come Dancing (BBC/PA)
Lesley Joseph is the oldest contestant in this year's Strictly Come Dancing (BBC/PA)

Georgia May Foote and Laura Whitmore are good friends so the partnership which was revealed live on BBC tonight is particularly interesting.

Reports today suggested that the linking of Giovanni and Whitmore was something Georgia was hoping wouldn't happen.

(left to right) Melvin Odoom, Anastacia, Greg Rutherford, Laura Whitmore, Daisy Lowe, Ed Balls MP, Louise Redknapp, Danny Mac, Tameka Empson, Will Young, Ore Oduba, Claudia Fragapane, Judge Robert Rinder, Lesley Joseph and Naga Munchetty who are taking part in BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing 2016.
(left to right) Melvin Odoom, Anastacia, Greg Rutherford, Laura Whitmore, Daisy Lowe, Ed Balls MP, Louise Redknapp, Danny Mac, Tameka Empson, Will Young, Ore Oduba, Claudia Fragapane, Judge Robert Rinder, Lesley Joseph and Naga Munchetty who are taking part in BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing 2016.

Love has regularly blossomed on Strictly with many high profile couples pairing up after the intimacy of the show.

Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev began a romance after their 2010 win but later split. Joe Calzaghe and Kristina Rihanoff had a relationship from 2009 until announcing a split in 2013.  Kristina Rihanoff has since begun a relationship with Ben Cohen after they met while dancing on the show - both insist there was no romance until Ben's marriage had ended. They recently had a baby together.

BBC viewers tonight watched as Lesley Joseph was paired with Anton du Beke, Daisy Lowe was teamed with Aljaz Skorjanec and Louise Redknapp was partnered with Kevin Clifton.

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