Giovanni Pernice says he’d get Covid jab to dance on Strictly

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Strictly Come Dancing’s Giovanni Pernice, 30, has revealed that he would happily have the coronavirus vaccine if BBC bosses were to introduce it as a rule for competing on the show. The Italian dancer professional, who most recently partnered with Ranvir Singh in the 2020 series, said he would have the vaccine to keep his colleagues “safe.”

Why would we put people at risk only because we don’t want to have a vaccine

Giovanni Pernice

The Sicilian dancer revealed his thoughts on the vaccine and said if it came down to it, he would have the jab if it meant he could work on the dance show.

He revealed: “The priority for me and for us and for the BBC especially is to be safe.

“If we have to work in environments where you have to dance and get close to somebody and a vaccine was required to be safe for everybody, then why not?”

Giovanni went on to question why someone would not have the vaccine if it meant protecting people from the risk of catching coronavirus.

He said: “Why would we put people at risk only because we don’t want to have a vaccine.”

Despite his own views on the subject, the dancer added that he was in no way qualified to give medical advice.

He added: “It’s obviously not my place to give any medical advice to the BBC but of course I would do it.”

Giovanni also spoke about how he would like the opportunity to be partnered with a man on the next series.

He said: “It’s not down to me, if the production people come to me and said ‘listen Giovanni we’d love you to be partnered with a man’ I’d say ‘yes’.

“I am more than ready to be partnered with a man.

“It would give me a chance to challenge myself with new routines, you have to think more about it. I love challenging myself.”

Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adamans and dance professional Katya Jones made history by being the first same-sex dance couple on the 2020 show.

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In an exclusive chat with The Mirror, the dancer confessed that he has been away from his family for over a year.

He revealed: “I haven’t seen my mum and dad and sister for one year.

“We tried over Christmas but then all the flights were cancelled so we have to wait.”

He added: “I would prefer to wait a little longer and be able to go there and give them a big hug and a kiss”.

His candid reveal comes just days after he addressed the complaints the show received following the professionals’ Priscilla, Queen of the Desert routine.

The dance saw Giovanni, Johannes Radebe and Gorka Marquez take to the dance floor in sequined outfits and high heels.

Speaking to Entertainment Daily, the Sicilian pro said he “absolutely loved” being a part of it.

Although the routine was met with a round of applause from fans, it was reported at the time that 150 viewers had complained.

Addressing the complaints, Giovanni said that it was time for the fan favourite dance show to “put new things in the show.”

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