Giovanni Pernice announces new Strictly partner – and shes a familiar face

Giovanni Pernice announces "new" partner for the Strictly Come Dancing semi-final – and she's a beloved familiar face.

The Italian hunk, 32, who won the show with Rose Ayling-Ellis last December, has announced that he will be dancing with Katya Jones, 33, for the semi-final of Strictly this weekend.

The professional dancers – who were booted off the show earlier in the series with their celebrity partners – will take to the floor together on Sunday night as the contestants still in the running will battle it out for a place in the final.

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Giovanni was partnered with BBC Radio 2 host Richie Anderson, and the pair were eliminated in week three.

While Katya was partnered with football legend Tony Adams, with the pair being booted off in week eight.

But now for the semi-final episodes, Giovanni and Katya have revealed they have been partnered up for a routine together.

Taking to Instagram this week, Katya revealed the exciting news amid a sweaty dance rehearsal session between the two dancers.

Katya said: "Guess who's dancing together this weekend?"

She then panned the camera around to reveal Giovanni to her loyal legion of followers and doting fans.

Giovanni then explained they were having "the best time" together, adding: "I've been sweating, I haven't sweated for years."

Katya then admitted: "I push him."

This isn't the first time the duo have been partnered up this year.

Just weeks ago they were paired up for Blackpool where they danced together in the results show on November 20 during a performance by Eurovision star Sam Ryder.

This comes after Kym Marsh and her partner Graziano Di Prima narrowly missed out on making it to the semi-final last weekend when they were axed from the show.

When the pair said their final words before dancing one final time, Graziano said to Kym: "You’re going to be in my heart forever, we’re going to be together many times, because I know I have found a friend for life."

This weekend Strictly Come Dancing will air on Sunday, December 10 at 7:15pm, with the results show airing on Monday, December 11.

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