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Joel Leaver

Strictly's Giovanni Pernice reveals 'new' partner for semi-final after early exit

Giovanni Pernice has confirmed he will be dancing with Katya Jones on the semi-final of Strictly Come Dancing this weekend, following a recent sweat-inducing rehearsal.

The professional dancers will take to the floor together on the next instalment of the BBC show. The episode will see the remaining contestants compete for a place in the final.

Giovanni, 32, and Katya, 33, are no longer in the competition though after they departed from the contest with their respective celebrity partners earlier in the series.

They have continued to appear in group performances on the show, alongside the other pro dancers and they have danced in segments featuring musical guests.

Katya Jones (pictured) revealed she will be dancing with Giovanni Pernice on Strictly's semi-final (Instagram)
Giovanni (pictured) confirmed the news in a video shared by his co-star recently (Instagram)

Giovanni and Katya have revealed they have been partnered up for a routine on the upcoming semi-final. It's yet to be announced if it's a group dance or duo routine.

The news was shared on Instagram earlier this week. Katya took to the platform to post footage of herself and Giovanni, following a rehearsal session between the two dancers.

Katya said: "Guess who's dancing together this weekend?" She proceeded to show Giovanni to her followers, revealing that he will be her dance partner for a new routine.

The pair danced together on the show a few weeks ago, during a performance by Sam Ryder (BBC)

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Giovanni explained they were having "the best time" together. He added the session with Katya had caused him to work up a sweat, which he teased wasn't usual.

The pro dancer commented in the recent video: "I've been sweating, I haven't sweated for years." Katya responded to his remark by telling her followers: "I push him".

It comes after they were paired up in Blackpool. They danced together in the results show on November 20 during a performance by singer Sam Ryder, 33.

Giovanni had been partnered with radio host Richie Anderson (left) on the latest series (BBC/Ray Burmiston)
Katya had been partnered with former footballer Tony Adams (right) (BBC/Ray Burmiston)

Giovanni - who joined Strictly in 2015 - had been partnered with radio host Richie Anderson, 35, on the latest series. They were the second couple to be voted off the show.

Katya - who has been on the show since 2016 - had been partnered with former footballer Tony Adams, 56, this year. They withdrew from the competition a few weeks ago.

Strictly Come Dancing's semi-final will air on Sunday (December 11) on BBC One and BBC iPlayer from 7.15pm. The results show will air the following night from 8.15pm.

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