Throughout Friday’s star-studded launch followers noticed the official pairings of this yr’s milestone collection.
After it was speculated that Giovanni, 31, was the new favorite to be in an all-male pairing this yr, it was lastly confirmed that the Latin professional was partnered to Radio 2 presenter Richie.
Final yr was a triumphant season for Giovanni as he lifted the Glitterball Trophy with EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis, and Richie hopes that they’ll be capable to recreate the identical magic for this time spherical.
Gushing about his dance companion to Metro.co.uk and different press, he mentioned: ‘I feel he’s such a implausible instructor, look what he did with Rose final yr!
‘I’m simply trying ahead to dancing with him. I’m a whole clean canvas so let’s see what he can do with me.’
Joking about his present dancing capability, he joked: ‘Really feel prefer it’s going to be like throwing a sack of potatoes round. This is likely to be his greatest problem but.’
Richie not too long ago revealed that it was his long-term companion Dean Eagles who inspired him to be in an all-male duo, after he was given the choice to decide on.
‘After I spoke to my different half Dean, it was our 10-year anniversary, and he was like “it’s a must to,” and it’s the 50th anniversary of Satisfaction within the UK,’ he mentioned.
‘It could be such a proud second to be dancing with a male professional.’
Addressing what illustration means to him, Richie mentioned: ‘I used to be so impressed by watching John and Johannes final yr, and Nicola and Katya the yr earlier than, I want as a teenage homosexual man, I might have seen that illustration on tv after I was rising up.
‘Seeing Nicola [Adams] and John do it gave me a lot confidence to go on the market and do that.’
This yr, Strictly will mark the one hundredth anniversary of the BBC with a particular themed week, in addition to viewers’ favorite weeks together with Film Week, Halloween Week and the much-loved Musicals Week.
The forged can even lastly have an opportunity to carry out on the well-known Blackpool Tower Ballroom, having been unable to for the previous two years because of the pandemic.
Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday September 24 at 6.45pm on BBC One.
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