It looks like Rose Ayling-Ellis, the Strictly Come Dancing winner, isn’t the only one celebrating after the Saturday night result, as her professional partner Giovanni Pernice is just as overjoyed to have finally landed a win.
Giovanni has been with Strictly since 2015 and despite making it to the finals several times – including with Debbie McGee, Faye Tozer and Georgia May Foote (with whom he would later start a romantic relationship that lasted over a year) – the Glitterball trophy has always escaped him.
During this year’s final, he and Rose triumphed over John Whaite and Johannes Radebe, with the EastEnders star becoming the first Strictly winner with a physical disability.
The next morning, the Italian dancer revealed in a cheeky Instagram post that Strictly’s wait was definitely worth it.
A short clip in his Instagram story showed him lying in bed and looking longingly while Christina Perri’s romantic ballad A Thousand Years is played … only to reveal that he has the glitter ball trophy next to him on the pillow.
Giovanni was overjoyed to finally have bagged the Glitterball trophy
Instagram / Giovanni Pernice
Meanwhile, Strictly fans on Twitter couldn’t help but point out that Giovanni’s win marks yet another win for his native Italy in 2021, following Eurovision, Euro and Giuseppe’s triumph in this year’s Great British Bake Off Final …
What a fantastic year for Italy 🇮🇹!
🏆Strictly Come Dancing
🏆The Great British Bake Off
🏆UEFA European Championship
🏆Eurovision Song Contest
▶ ️👏A-MA-ZING🇮🇹 🇬🇧👏 ◀ ️ pic.twitter.com/XdCYVbogly
– @iiclondra (@iiclondra) December 18, 2021
Rose and Giovanni win #Strictly means that Italy won the Bake Off, the 100 meters, the Euro 2020, the high jump (with Qatar) and the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest.
– Scott Bryan (@scottygb) December 18, 2021
After his and Rose’s victory, Giovanni said: “I have to thank this beautiful young lady who made all my dreams come true. It took me seven years to get this thing and you became the best dancer, the best teammate I could have wished for, you are a dream so thanks for everything. “
She added, “I just want to say that you are so great, you made me believe in myself more than I believed in myself.
“You are an amazing teacher and wonderful friend and we have been through a lot and I just want you to know that you always have a piece of my heart.”