Giovanni Pernice has been a favourite on Strictly Come Dancing since 2015, and has since gone on to appear in no less than five seasons. However, the professional dancer revealed how bosses’ decisions behind the scenes did not aid him in mastering the English language.
I was like, the Strictly Come Dancing production are taking the mick
The 29-year-old was born in Sicily and as a teenager moved to Bologna to concentrate on dance.
After triumphing in a number of championships, specialising in the Latin style, he accepted a role on the BBC programme and was teamed up with contestant Georgia May Foote.
In a new interview on the Private Parts podcast, Giovanni light-heartedly questioned whether producers were “taking the mick” out of him with who they paired him up with.
He told hosts Jamie Laing and Francis Boulle how the Coronation Street actress’ accent caused havoc before he was then partnered with Irish presenter Laura Whitmore.
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Giovanni Pernice: The Strictly Come Dancing pro has revealed his language struggles (Image: WENN)
Giovanni Pernice with first Strictly Come Dancing partners and Mancunian Georgia May Foote (Image: GETTY)
Giovanni explained: “I was learning English and my first partner was from Manchester - Mancunian accent - so I was learning ‘jump’ and she’d say ‘jump’,” mimicking her northern twang.
The star continued: “What are you talking about?