Giovanni Pernice on feeling lonely in 2020 and his worst habit

GIOVANNI Pernice, 30, has been a professional on Strictly Come Dancing since 2015.

Here he tells us about how he'll remember 2020, reveals his celebrity crush, and his worst habit.

What scares you?


What’s your favourite word?


And your worst habit? 

Going to sleep too late – around 1.30am. I want to sleep, but my body just doesn’t.

Who or what is the love of your life?

My family, for sure. All of them are in Sicily. 

Who would you invite to a dinner party?

I’m a big Freddie Mercury fan, so I’d get all of Queen there. We would talk about the songs and what was behind the lyrics.

What makes you angry?

Fake people, or when people aren’t loyal.

All-time favourite movie?


Favourite TV show as a child?

Come Dancing. It’s how I started dancing. 

What is your earliest memory?

The first time I went to the dance studio in Sicily, when I was seven. Up until then I was a mummy’s boy. That is my first memory of being in control of myself. 

What is your biggest regret?

I don’t have regrets because my life has always been amazing and I’ve always done everything I wanted to do.  

How will you remember 2020?

Feeling bored and lonely. I was living on my own and it was hard. Then, luckily, Strictly happened. Until then, I was a little bit down. 

If you were Prime Minister for the day, what would you do?

I’d let everybody out. Finish lockdown and go outside. But I think Boris is doing a good job. I admire him and he’s funny. People want him to have a magic wand, they are never happy.

What song would you have played at your funeral?

My Way by Frank Sinatra.

Do you have a party trick?

I can play the drums.

What’s the worst pain you’ve ever experienced?

Losing my grandmother two years ago. I was very close to her, and because I was doing Strictly I didn’t get to say goodbye. She called me “il mio ballerino”, which means “my dancer”. I miss that link.

What’s been your greatest achievement?

Winning the Italian Championships in Latin, in 2012, and joining Strictly six years ago. 

Neat freak or messy?

Neat, absolutely. I could kill a person if they’re messy. 

Who is your celebrity crush?

I have hundreds. But I’ll say Margot Robbie.

What’s top of your bucket list?

Skydiving, horse riding and skiing. I’ve never skied because I’m worried about my legs. 

What do you think happens when we die?

I’m a Christian, so I think there is paradise where you can chill and meet other people. 

What are your best and worst qualities?

Best is that I’m a very loyal person, and the worst is my temper. When I have an argument, I can lose it quickly.

Who is the most famous person on your phone?

Anton Du Beke. 

If you could travel back in time, where would you go?

I love the ’50s rock ‘n‘ roll era. I used to say: “I look young, but I’m an old soul.” 

● Tickets for Giovanni and Anton Du Beke’s UK tour Him & Me are available at

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