Giovanni Pernice and Rose Ayling-Ellis won the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing and will dance together again on the live tour
The duo danced to victory and lifted the Glitterball trophy at the end of last year and will look to wow the audience once more as the live tour starts on Thursday.
And the Italian heartthrob, 31, has gushed at how “nice” it has been to be back with his dance partner.
Taking to his Instagram Stories, Giovanni shared a sweet video of the pair backstage in rehearsals.
Turning the camera on himself and his partner, EastEnders beauty Rose, 27, says she’s hiding behind Giovanni, who is wearing a robe, as fans aren’t allowed to see her costume.
She explained how the pair were busy doing a dress run for the tour, which judge Bruno Tonioli was back for.
Giovanni then jumped in and sweetly said: “So yeah, dress run is going very well.”
Turning to his partner he sweetly adds: “It’s nice to dance with you again,” before repeating himself.
Rose agreed, saying: “Yeah, it’s lovely to dance again and bring happy memories.”
Giovanni then pretends to be a hard task master as he jokes: “Now go and practice.”
There had been rumours that the winners had pulled out of the tour and Giovanni was quick to dispel them – but not before teasing fans earlier in the week.
Following the claims, the professional dancer again took to social media to record a message.
He said: “Good morning lovely people. Just a quick message to clarify all the rumours that are going around at the moment.
“Yes, it’s true. Rose is not doing the tour at all anymore. So I will be dancing on my own, all day, every day.”
But as just as fans’ began to digest the news, Rose suddenly popped up in the vid.
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“I’m not going anywhere,” she jumped in with, before Giovanni asked coyly: “You’re not going anywhere? You are coming on tour with me?”
“Oh, she is doing the tour,” he added.
Rose then asked: “Are you happy?” to which the Italian gleamed: “Very. Thank you.”
The pair’s chemistry was a talking point throughout the series with fans loving their unique bond.
They are both set to strut their stuff on Strictly dance floors across the country alongside series runners-up John Whaite and Johannes Radebe, presenter Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu, chef Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin, and Dragons’ Den investor Sara Davies and Aljaz Skorjanec.