Sunday 16 December 2018

Strictly’s Giovanni Pernice says he is single amid Ashley Roberts dating rumours

The pro dancer joked that he might find a girl in Blackpool if he and his partner Faye Tozer make it to Strictly’s most coveted week.

Giovanni Pernice says he is single (Ian West/PA)
Giovanni Pernice says he is single (Ian West/PA)

By Lucy Mapstone, Press Association Deputy Entertainment Editor

Strictly Come Dancing professional Giovanni Pernice insisted he is single after being asked about a possible romance with Ashley Roberts.

Pernice and the Pussycat Dolls star, who is partnered with Pasha Kovalev in Strictly, have been romantically linked in a number of reports.

Asked by This Morning host Phillip Schofield how Roberts was doing, Pernice said: “I think she’s great, she’s doing a contemporary dance this week and it’s going really well.

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Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev (Guy Levy/BBC)

“Why are you asking me that?”

Schofield mentioned “little rumours”, and Pernice said: “According to the press, I change girlfriend every single day.”

Schofield cheekily asked the dancer if he had “settled on Ashley”, to which Pernice replied: “We are really good friends, she’s a lovely person, but I’m single.

“I’m in Newcastle every single day so there’s no chance for me…”

Interrupting, Schofield joked: “So it’s only the girls in Newcastle that stand a chance?”

Pernice replied: “I’m single. I’m sorry to disappoint you.”

Speaking of his hopes of getting to Strictly’s coveted Blackpool Week with his partner, Steps star Faye Tozer, Pernice then quipped that maybe he could “find some girl in Blackpool as well”.

During the programme, Tozer said that she “definitely has an advantage in the way I can pick up moves”, referring to her experience in the pop group.

She added: “But it’s a different dance each week, and we’re all in the studio working as hard as each other, our pros do an amazing job, they don’t have days off, they’re choreographing on the Sunday.

“We’re all working really, really hard.”

Tozer also said that their recent tango routine left her feeling like “Spaghetti Junction in my head, it was quite scary”, because of the different holds and footwork required.

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