Giovanni Pernice has spoken out about claims his dance partner Rose Ayling-Ellis has ‘pulled out’ from the Strictly Come Dancing arena tour, which is due to kick off on Thursday
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- 17:00, 16 Jan 2022
- Updated20:23, 16 Jan 2022
Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice has broken his silence regarding rumours Rose Ayling-Ellis won't be part of the show's arena tour.
The EastEnders actress, 27, lifted the Glitterball trophy with Giovanni, 31, on last year's series of the show.
There have been claims the star, who was the show's ever first deaf contestant, wouldn't be joining the tour – but now Gio has set the record straight.
Taking to his Instagram Stories he said: Good morning lovely people.
"Just a quick message to clarify all the rumours that are going around at the moment.
"Yes, it's true. Rose is not doing the tour at all anymore."
"So I will be dancing on my own, all day, every day."
But as fans' hearts broke, Rose suddenly popped up in the vid.
He said he wanted to clarify a few things
Fans were initially shocked by the dancer's post
"I'm not going anywhere," she interjected, before Giovanni asked coyly: "You're not going anywhere? You are coming on tour with me?"
"Oh, she is doing the tour," he added.
Rose then asked: "Are you happy?"
To which the Italian dancer replied: "Very. Thank you."
Rose is due to strut her stuff on Strictly dance floors across the country alongside series runners up John Whaite and Johannes Radebe, presenter Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu, chef Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin, and Dragons' Den investor Sara Davies and Aljaz Skorjanec.
Rose popped up in the video
She confirmed she's doing the tour
The Wanted's Max George, who was a contestant on the show in 2020, is also set to take part in the tour with professional dancer Katya Jones.
Professional dancers Neil Jones, Luba Mushtuk, Jowita Przystal and Amy Dowden will also be joining the gang.
Many Strictly fans wondered what would happen to Kai Widdrington after his dance partner AJ Odudu had to pull out from last year's series after injuring her ankle.
The pair won the series last year
However former Strictly contestant and EastEnders actress Maisie Smith came to the rescue and will now partner with the hunk.
Judges confirmed to be on the panel are Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood.
The 33 shows will be choreographed and directed by Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood, who will also be performing.
The tour will be hosted by new It Takes Two host Janette Manrara.
The Strictly Come Dancing Live! Tour starts January 20.
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