Giovanni Pernice’s seriously praised ‘big brother’ Anton Du Beke

Giovanni Pernice, star of the serious musical group, said Anton Du Beke was like a “big brother”, as he talked about how the judges turning to acting supported him when he was on the show and cannot speak English.

talian dancer Pernice, 31, entered Serious in 2015 and reached the final alongside soap star Georgia May Foote that same year.

Last year, he claimed historic victory, lifting the Glitterball trophy alongside Rose Ayling-Ellis, who became the first deaf contestant to enter and win a BBC One series.


Giovanni Pernice took a serious win last year with Rose Ayling-Ellis (Ian West/PA)

Du Beke, 55, is the show’s longest-serving professional dancer, having been on the show since it began in 2004, and this year he became a regular on the jury after Bruno Tonioli announced he was leaving the show after 14 years. .

Speaking to TV and radio host Nick Grimshaw and chef Angela Hartnett on their Dish podcast, Pernice said he and Du Beke are “very, very, very good friends,” adding: He was the only one when I joined Seriously, he helped me with every letter.

“I can’t speak any English and he’s been with me since the very beginning, and in the end we were like, you know, we don’t like to say father and son, but… like brother, older brother. “

The couple toured together on their show Him & Me.

Explaining how he spoke ‘zero’ English while on Serious, Pernice said: “I had an interpreter for my first season because I didn’t know… how the interview went, and what they want me to say or things like this.

“I thought I would never be able to do a job like this, especially on the biggest show on television, you know, you have to teach a celebrity. And then it was like, you know? We trust you that you can learn, so I had to study English for a week. “

In May, Ayling-Ellis and Pernice won a not-to-be-missed moment at the Bafta TV awards for their show’s Choice Couple in Serious Show, in which they paused the music and danced in silence. silence as a tribute to the deaf community.

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Pernice told the Dish podcast: “When I did the choreography, I knew it was going to be a big moment, you know, it was going to make an impact for the deaf community, especially and for all of them. everyone.

“But this was bigger than we thought, this went around, you know, all over the world.

“We were interviewed in the US, we interviewed a lot because people wanted to understand where this was coming from.

“I thought it was magical because for the first time people realized what Rose was going through every week.

“We stopped the music for 20 seconds, 10 seconds and the first time people said, ‘Oh, that’s how she feels every week. “.

The trio also talked about the possibility of former BBC Radio One DJ Grimshaw and Best Home judge Cook Hartnett taking Seriously.

“I wanted to do it, but we talked about it this morning and I thought, you can’t do it halfway,” Grimshaw said. You have to go and be like, yeah, this has been my focus for months, every day, I’m going to commit, I’m ready to be taught… and I’m not ready. “

Dish, the new podcast from Waitrose & Partners and hosted by Nick Grimshaw and Angela Hartnett, is now available on all podcast providers.

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