Strictly 2019: ‘We were going to go’ Giovanni Pernice hits back over shock exit

Giovanni, 29, and Michelle, 51, were hot favourites to win the Strictly Come Dancing crown this year but they were sent home during last night’s result show of the BBC dance show. The pair preformed a Street Commercial style routine based on Voguing to Madonna’s smash hit and the professional has claimed the risk of doing a different style meant their fate was sealed.

After being in the bottom two last weekend and surviving to perform at Blackpool, the popular couple found themselves in the same predicament again.

Ultimately, the judging panel decided to save Saffron Barker, 19 and her partner AJ Pritchard, 24, leading to Michelle’s exit.

Following their elimination from the competition, the pair spoke on It Takes Two this evening to discuss their routine.

Having suffered some criticism online for their performance, Giovanni said the pair were always going to the next couple to leave if they were in the bottom two.


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Speaking about learning a new style himself, the Italian dancer said: “It was everything in new formation. The song, the style.

“The everything was new and as we said, both of us wanted to do this.”

Of the controversy which has surfaced since the performance, Giovanni added: “It was a risk as we know. It’s not a style you see often on Strictly Come Dancing.

“So we knew for a fact if we were in the dance off with any other people, we were going to go home,” he explained.

We’re going to go home

Giovanni Pernice

“Just because it’s different. We don’t do a lot of steps so when people say online it’s not a style, it is a style,” Giovanni added.

“It’s a different style of dance. We want to send a message and I’m sure this message arrived everywhere.”

Speaking of their sadness at leaving, he said: “We are gutted not to be anymore in the competition, I’m not lying here.”

However, he commented the pair were “happy” they got the message out there they wanted to: “We are proud of it.”

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Michelle also explained her reaction to making a shock exit from the show, telling host Rylan Clark-Neal, 30: “We’re gutted. We wanted to take it all the way.”

Though she added of getting the chance to showcase Voguing: “It was my honour and pleasure to go out on that dance and that song because it meant so much to me.

“It was a love letter to my beautiful LGBTQI+ community which is why I did it.

“I wanted to shed light on a community that doesn’t get enough attention and especially this dance in particular, that is a Street Dance, that is dancing.”


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Also addressing the criticism, she said: “Just because you don’t understand it, doesn’t mean it’s not a dance. This is a dance. It’s been around since the sixties.”

Following their exit last night, the Drag Race judge told host Tess Daly, 50: “This whole experience has been amazing.

“At 51 years old and never danced in my life, I never thought I’d be able to do what I have done and to have such an incredible partner.

“To be here for my husband and my kids and the entire community, that’s why I did what I did. I am so honoured to be welcomed by my new friends here.”

Strictly Come Dancing 2019 continues Saturday at 7pm on BBC One.

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