Strictly Come Dancing’s Giovanni Pernice shocks fans as he announces huge career change after postponing the news amid his and Amanda Abbington’s BBC show exit
Giovanni Pernice, 33, has shocked fans after he announced a huge career change from professional dancer to entrepreneur after his Strictly Come Dancing exit.
The professional dancer is launching his own fragrance line after his annual competition gig was cut short.
Giovanni and his celebrity dancing partner, Amanda Abbington, 51, were due to return to the glitzy ballroom for the show’s annual Halloween special after missing the previous week.
But before the festive episode, she confirmed she couldn’t continue due to ‘personal reasons’.
Giovanni’s new unisex fragrance – Vita – is the dancer’s ‘dream come true’ and is hopeful to have the latest product on people’s dressing tables by early November.
U-turn: Giovanni Pernice, 33, has shocked fans after he announced a huge career change from professional dancer to entrepreneur after his Strictly Come Dancing exit
Over: The professional dancer is launching his own fragrance line after his annual competition gig was cut short following Amanda Abbington’s, 51, exit
Goodbye: The dancing pair were due to return to the ballroom for the Halloween special after missing the previous week but previously said she couldn’t continue due to ‘personal reasons’
Last week, Giovanni postponed the launch of his new cosmetics brand after his dance partner Amanda was forced to quit the BBC show.
The big reveal was supposed to take place on Tuesday October 24, but he postponed it until this week amid the news.
A source told MailOnline at the time: ‘It was set to be such a big week for him with the launch of his new business GP Vita but after Amanda’s announcement, it didn’t feel right for him to go forward with the scheduled plan.’
Sharing his exciting new announcement to his one million Instagram followers, Giovanni said: ‘My dream come true is finally here!
‘VITA is my new fragrance for men and women – an intoxicating scent that captures the sensuality, vitality and energy of Sicily.
‘I have long been passionate about fragrance and the way scent can captivate the emotions and transport us to another place. VITA is the embodiment of my passions, a personal and complex fragrance which slowly seduces as it unfolds on the skin.
‘I hope you love VITA as much as I do. Go to gpvita.com to find out more. Giovanni.’
Shocked fans applaud the tinkle-toed star as many gush over the new fragrance.
One user wrote: ‘Congratulations Gio, this is fab news. Ordered already & I can’t wait to try it… We’re all going to smell the same at meet & greet next year you know that right?’
Strictly champ Ore Oduba among those to write: ‘No way!!! Brother I can still smell you from here!! Always know when I’ve been in your company, amazing news well done brother x.’
Another fan penned: ‘I am going to be buying this. Good luck with this, Gio – you are a remarkable, hard-working and beautiful human being. I wish you even more success because you truly deserve it. Buona Fortuna and God Bless you always.’
New adventure: Giovanni’s new unisex fragrance – Vita – is the dancer’s ‘dream come true’ and is hopeful to have the latest product on people’s dressing tables by early November
Exciting times: Sharing his exciting new announcement to his one million Instagram followers, Giovanni said: ‘My dream come true is finally here!
Fellow Strictly star Gorka Marquez said: ‘@giovannipernice is that my christmas gift sorted it.’
A bottle of the new smell will set back fans £50 for 50ml and £75 for 100ml.
Those who purchase the fragrance before November, 12 will ‘receive a personally autographed thank you card from Giovanni Pernice and will be entered into a Prize Draw to win two tickets to see Giovanni’s Let Me Entertain You live show from January 2024, including a personal VIP meet and greet (at a location of your choice)’
Monday’s announcement comes just days after the star was spotted looking downcast as was pictured for the first time since Amanda quit the competition.
Giovanni was wrapped up in a padded jacket and tracksuit bottoms as he jumped on an e-scooter in London on Wednesday evening.
The sighting comes after it was revealed Amanda has withdrawn from the show due to ‘personal reasons’, after they didn’t perform during last Saturday’s episode.
Amanda didn’t say why she had quit but said she hadn’t come to the ‘decision lightly’, as insiders claimed her time on the show has been plagued with difficulties.
Thanking her team but failing to mention Giovanni, she wrote: ‘It is with deepest regret that I had to leave Strictly. I did not come to this decision easily or lightly but for personal reasons I am unable to continue.
End: Monday’s announcement comes just days after the tickle-toed star was spotted looking downcast as was pictured for the first time since Amanda quit the competition
‘It was an absolute joy working with my fellow contestants, they are a beautiful, hardworking and talented group of people who I love and who I will miss seeing every Friday and Saturday and competing alongside.
‘I want to thank the incredible Production team and everyone on Strictly who looked after me and who are so kind and caring. It’s a wonderful bunch of people and I’ll miss all of them.
‘I’m so sad that I am unable to go any further. Thank you to everyone who voted and who sent wonderful messages and inspiring support. You are all amazing. Truly. Thank you. xxx’.
Giovanni later took to his Instagram, sharing a backstage photo with Amanda during Movie Week.
Captioning the snap, he wrote: ‘Amanda ..I am so sad we can’t continue, but I am proud of what we achieved and I am sending you so much love’.
On Monday’s It Takes Two, the show confirmed Amanda’s exit and released a statement that read: ‘Amanda Abbington is unable to continue in Strictly Come Dancing and has decided to withdraw from the competition. The show wishes her all the best for the future.’
A Strictly insider told MailOnline about Amanda’s withdrawal: ‘This has been something that Amanda has been unfortunately having to consider making since late last week.
‘It has been a devastating time for Amanda. Her Strictly journey has been plagued by difficulties but she just didn’t think there was any other option. As hard as it has been, there was a chance they could have won.’
End of the road: Amanda didn’t say why she had quit but said she hadn’t come to the ‘decision lightly’, as insiders claimed her time on the show has been plagued with difficulties
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