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Giovanni Pernice to dance to heartbreak song on Strictly following split from Maura Higgins

Giovanni Pernice will dance to a heartbreak song on this week’s Strictly Come Dancing,  following his split from Maura Higgins.

The professional dancer is partnered with actress Rose Ayling-Ellis on the show, and the pair have confirmed they will be dancing the Viennese Waltz to Alicia Keys’ track Fallin’ on Saturday night.

Alicia previously revealed she wrote when she was going through a difficult patch in her relationship with her first love.

The singer told Billboard: “[The song] is about the ins and outs of a relationship. Sometimes, you’re completely head-over-heels in love with someone, and sometimes you can’t stand that person.”

“You fall in and out, sometimes it goes back and forth, and that’s just what relationships are about.”

Giovanni and Rose’s performance will come just days after the Italian dancer split from his Love Island star girlfriend Maura Higgins, after four months together.

The couple sparked fears they had split after fans noticed they had deleted all traces of their relationship from Instagram.

A source has since told The Sun: “It’s all over for now. Maura’s absolutely devastated, it appears the Strictly curse has struck again. Pals are hoping that they can patch things up. But only time will tell whether they’ll work things out as Giovanni is so busy.”

“He’s been focusing on Strictly, training his celeb partner Rose 24/7, and they’ve become really good friends. He’s even been learning sign language from Rose, showing it off on social media. Maura’s decided to take a step back and let him concentrate on the show.” has contacted Maura and Giovanni’s reps for a comment. 


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