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Giovanni Pernice to join Italian version of Strictly Come Dancing?

Giovanni Pernice to join Italian version of Strictly Come Dancing?
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Giovanni Pernice is linked with joining the Italian version of Strictly Come Dancing.

Giovanni Pernice could reportedly join the Italian version of Strictly Come Dancing following his exit from the British show.

The 33-year-old quit the BBC contest after nine series last month amid allegations from several of his former celebrity partners that he had been overly-aggressive with his training methods.

Pernice has vehemently protested his innocence and the BBC has since launched an investigation, which remains ongoing.

According to the Daily Mail, the Sicily-born star is in "advanced talks" about returning to his homeland to appear on the local version of Strictly, Ballando con le Stelle, which is due to return for a new season in October.

A source told the newspaper: "Bosses are really keen to sign him as a judge given his fame and status in the UK but are also open to the dancer performing as a professional, if he still wants to compete.

"It's a great move for Giovanni, who has weighed up the possibility of doing shows like I'm A Celeb, but dance will always be his passion.

"All he wants is a fresh start and to join Dancing with the Stars in Italy will certainly give him the new chapter he's been hoping for."

Pernice is currently on a UK and Ireland tour of Him & Me, a show with Strictly judge Anton Du Beke, while he also has a 78-date solo tour lined up for early 2025.

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