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Giovanni Pernice rejects Ranvir Singh's apology as they miss out on Strictly final 'Don't'

Giovanni, 30, and Ranvir, 43, have won over the hearts of the nation over the past eight weeks on Strictly Come Dancing, with the couple going from strength-to-strength and continuing to climb up the leaderboard. Unfortunately, after they plummeted to the bottom with their Jive on Saturday night, they were put into the dance-off alongside Jamie Laing, 32, and his professional dancing partner, Karen Hauer, 38. After performing twice during the semi-final, the Good Morning Britain presenter chose her strongest routine of the Waltz to battle it out with her fellow competitor. Ultimately she lost as the BBC dance show panel sent her home, meaning she would not be taking part in the final.

Asked how she was feeling about the result, the journalist said to Giovanni: “I’m just really sorry for him [Gio].

“He’s worked so hard and been in so many finals that I’m really sorry I couldn’t do it for you. Sorry,” Ranvir declared.

Not wanting his partner to accept any blame, the professional rejected her apology as he told her: “You don’t have to be sorry at all.

“We’ve both worked very hard, you’ve been an absolute dream to work with. You are a true hero, your job at three o’clock in the morning then you come in the room and dance with me.

“More than anything you’ve grown as a person and this for me is the most rewarding thing that I could ask for, so well done to you. Well done.”

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Asked about her time in the competition, the broadcaster was disappointed she wasn’t able to participate in next weekend’s final.

Ranvir said: “There’s some really beautiful moments in there and so much more than I ever expected and I’m sad not to be in the final.

“But at the same time, I am glad that we’ve moved people to tears and the Argentine Tango was an amazing moment.

“We’ve had some really fantastic memorable moments and I know I couldn’t have got this far without you,” she concluded as she commended Giovanni.

Despite the low scores from the judges, Giovanni did his best on the night to try and boost his partner’s spirits.

The professional dancer said: “The way you started the show and the way you delivered this performance, it’s more important than whether you did the kicks and flicks.

“Obviously, it was not your strongest dance, that was what the judges said, but for me, it was about how you arrived there and you delivered.

“That was the most important thing,” the Strictly star explained to his partner, with Claudia Winkleman, 48, applauding his appraisal of the broadcaster.

Before the semi-final on Saturday night, Ranvir also offered her gratitude to her partner for teaching her how to dance.

Of Giovanni, the journalist said: “He is very determined and has a really strong vision of what the end product should look like.

“His energy is so strong that it sort of carries you along because he doesn’t rest until something is as good as he wants it to be or as good as he thinks I can make it.

“He just wanted me to shine as much as he thinks I can – often he believes more in what I can do than I do!” she told What’s On TV.

Ranvir’s exit means four couples are still competing to get their hands on the Glitterball Trophy.

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 6pm on BBC One.

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