Neil Jones begs Giovanni Pernice and Maura Higgins to name first baby after him

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Neil Jones is one of Giovanni Pernice's close friends from Strictly Come Dancing.

And the pro has been an enthusiastic supporter ever since the professional dancer and Maura Higgins confirmed their relationship on Instagram.

Now the Strictly star, 39, has took things one step further – joking he wants the loved up pair to name their first child after him.

It comes after Giovanni, 30, posted a snap of him looking into 30 year old Maura's eyes as she had her hand on his neck in a loved up Instagram post.

The dancer captioned the pic with the words: "You're mine," before Neil waded in the comments section.

"You two are so cute. Please name your first child after me," he said underneath.

It wasn't long before fans picked up on Neil's entertaining response as one wrote: "his comment," with a laughing face.

"Neil, the baby," another joked.

Many of Giovanni's pals also posted kind messages following his gushing post.

His former dance partner Michelle Visage posted a series of emojis, while Faye Tozer added three love heart emojis.

Maura's close friend and former Love Island star Lucie Donlan added: "You guys. Cutest."

"I AM SO HERE FOR THIS," one fan excitedly penned.

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Maura, who said it would be her dream to star on Strictly in the future, also announced the news on her Instagram page with another snap as she wrote to her followers: "I'm yours."

Her gal pal Molly-Mae Hague posted underneath: "Love you," with three love hearts.

Joanna Chimonides also said: "AH MA GAD love to see it!"

Elsewhere, sources tell new! it is Maura's dream to star on Strictly as they said: "They do really like each other, but friends think their relationship could also be a boost for both of their careers.

“Maura’s dream is to be on Strictly. She really likes Giovanni, but she also knows this relationship could benefit her.

"They’re both very ambitious.”

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