Strictlys Giovanni Pernice fumes over early exit for Nikita and Ellie Simmonds

Giovanni Pernici has thrown his support behind Niki and Ellie after they were booted off Strictly Come Dancing last week.

Professional dancer Nikita and Paralympian swimmer Ellie Simmonds were in the dance-off against Molly Rainford and her partner Carlos Gu but sadly, the judges chose to send them home.

Meanwhile, Giovanni, who won last year, was paired with BBC presenter Richie Anderson but was the second couple to go – though he still appears in the group dance numbers.

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After their eviction, Nikita wrote a heartfelt tribute to Ellie, 27, posting: "You’re the most beautiful, pure, sincere, genuine, loving human.

“I may have taught you dancing but you taught me so much about compassion, sincerity, love and so much about life.

“Keep doing incredible things the way you do.”

In response, Giovanni replied in the comments that they had left the show “way too early” and that they should both “be proud of what you have achieved”.

Last year he was paired with actress Rose Ayling-Ellis, the show’s first deaf contestant, and they took home the glitterball after wowing judges and the public alike with their “silent dance”.

Rose also joined in the commiserations, writing: "Absolutely love watching you both. You both have shown that boundaries can be pushed, always be so so proud of this!"

In other news, hunky Italian Gio has admitted he's a "2000 out of 10" in bed and can deliver some pretty impressive stamina when it comes to sex.

Addressing his sex life he told Heat magazine: "If I’m in a relationship, it depends on your partner – if your partner is busy, if you’re tired, if you’re on holiday, at home.

“You can have sex 150 times a week or once – you’ve just got to make it good!"

Giovanni also admitted his self-confidence further when he confessed he is ageing "like a fine wine," while musing that "great conversation" only matters in a long-term relationship.

Giovanni is currently single but previously dated Pussycat Dolls’ Ashley Roberts and Love Island alumni Maura Higgins.

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