Strictly’s Giovanni Pernice says he’d love to take on challenge of being paired with man like Piers Morgan

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Giovanni Pernice has revealed he'd love to be paired with a man in the upcoming series of Strictly Come Dancing.

The 30 year old, who recently exclusively addressed Alexandra Burke romance rumours with OK!, narrowly missed out on the final of the fan-favourite programme last year with partner Ranvir Singh.

At the time, the 43 year old Good Morning Britain presenter had said how she would like to see Piers Morgan on the dancefloor with Giovanni as the first competing male couple.

Now, the professional dancer has revealed that he would delighted to take on the challenge as he told Mirror Online: "It's not down to me, if the production people come to me and said, 'Listen Giovanni we'd love you to be partnered with a man' I'd say, 'Yes'.

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"I am more than ready to be partnered with a man.

"It would give me a chance to challenge myself with new routines, you have to think more about it. I love challenging myself.”

Giovanni, whose former dance partner Ranvir recently said she "felt flat" for weeks after Strictly, added: “ I think Piers is a fantastic person. I really respect him. I would love to see him on the dancefloor.”

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Late last year Giovanni told the same publication how he would "destroy" the 55 year old TV presenter's confidence if he were to ever compete on the show.

“I would love to dance with him, sexy Piers. I would love to get down with him on the dance floor and see what he’s really made of," he explained.

He added: “I would destroy his confidence in a week. In a week we will realise ‘Who’s this man? What is that? Is it really Piers?’”

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Giovanni later spoke out on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, explaining that he hasn't been able to fly back to Sicily to see his family because of the lockdown, which he said was a "very hard" situation.

“I haven't seen my mum and dad and sister for one year," he said.

"We tried over Christmas but then all the flights were cancelled so we have to wait. I would prefer to wait a little longer and be able to go there and give them a big hug and a kiss”.

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