Debbie McGee and Giovanni have a 'ball' as they share final dance

Debbie McGee and Giovanni have a “ball” as they share final dance
(Image credit: James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock)

Debbie McGee shares backstage snap before her performance with the Italian professional dancer

Strictly Come Dancing duo Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice enjoyed one last dance together on the West End stage last night.

The Strictly finalists performed a Salsa routine together after Giovanni’s show, Born to Win, at London’s Lyric Theatre.

Debbie, 59, declared she had “a ball” and shared a backstage snap, saying: “The calm before the storm”.

See more

Before the performance, Debbie spoke on BBC Radio Berkshire about Giovanni’s show, which is about his first year on Strictly - which was three years ago: “The piece in the show about his audition is hysterical.”

She added: “So he dances my Salsa every night on tour with another girl which we’ve had lots of jokes about.

“I’ve been messaging him saying, ‘I hope you’re not enjoying dancing with your new partner too much! I won't tell you what he replied!."

Before their final dance, Giovanni, 27, shared a snap on Instagram, saying: “And finally tomorrow night we dance one more time to together… can’t wait.”

(opens in new tab)

A photo posted by on

Giovanni had previously said that working with Debbie had been “one of the most beautiful experiences of my life”.

The professional dancer paid tribute to his Strictly partner after the programme’s live tour ended.

 He tweeted: “Ends today, after almost 5 months, one of the most beautiful experiences of my life.

“@thedebbiemcgee you have been a joy to work with! Laugh and joke every day this is what I will miss most of all. But I’m not worried because we see each other very soon. Until next time D.E.B.B.i.E.”

Main pic: James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock

David is the What To Watch Editor and has over 20 years of experience in television journalism. He is currently writing about the latest television and film news for What To Watch.


Before working for What To Watch, David spent many years on TV Times magazine, interviewing some of television's most famous stars including Hollywood actor Kiefer Sutherland, singer Lionel Richie and wildlife legend Sir David Attenborough. 


David started out as a writer on TV Times before becoming the title's deputy features editor and then features editor. During his time on TV Times, David also helped run the annual TV Times Awards. David is a huge Death in Paradise fan, although he's still failed to solve a case before the show's detective! He also loves James Bond and controversially thinks that Timothy Dalton was an excellent 007.


Other than watching and writing about telly, David loves playing cricket, going to the cinema, trying to improve his tennis and chasing about after his kids!