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Anton Du Beke & Giovanni Pernice – Him & Me!

There’s double the fun as firm fan favourites – Strictly’s newest judge and the reigning champion – head back out on tour and visit Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, on Friday 17 June. 

Two of BBC Strictly Come Dancing’s best loved professional dancers reunite to continue their five-star rated tour – ANTON DU BEKE and GIOVANNI PERNICE – HIM & ME! 

Showcasing the duo’s unrivalled rapport, Him & Me brings audiences a collaboration of dance, song and light-hearted fun.  

Giovanni says: “Anton is the best by far…FACT. He is the ultimate legend and I’m really happy to be able to tour with him again.” 

Anton adds: “I love Giovanni’s enthusiasm. He is a wonderful dancer and an absolute stage presence.” 

Anton has been part of the Strictly family since the first series back in 2004, partnering an array of celebrities over the years, his most memorable partnership being with former MP Ann Widdecombe – a match made in comedic heaven!  

Having won the hearts of millions of dancing fans across the country, he took a step to the other side of the judging table for series 18 in 2021, taking up the role temporarily. He was so popular he has now been made a permanent judge on the show. 

Giovanni, in his own words, “always the bridesmaid… never the bride”, had all his dreams come true when he finally became the champion in 2021 with his celebrity partner, Rose Ayling-Ellis.    

Giovanni makes history!

The pair made history throughout the series – Rose being the first deaf contestant on the show and their iconic show dance where they danced in complete silence was an historic moment for which they were nominated for a BAFTA. If that wasn’t enough, Giovanni also received the earliest perfect score in the show’s history, as well as overtaking former professional dancer Pasha Kovalev to receive the most ever 10s. 

Him & Me! is directed by West End star Alan Burkitt, who has performed in shows including Curtains with Jason Manford and Ore Oduba, Top Hat and We Will Rock You. Alan has also choreographed for shows Strictly Come Dancing and So You Think You Can Dance?, as well as the UK theatre tour for Fascinating Aida and Giovanni’s smash-hit 2022 tour This Is Me. 

Joined by a world class cast of dancers and singers, The Ballroom King and the Jive Master, Anton and Giovanni are coming together to put on the show to end all shows – the ultimate entertaining night out! A true dance extravaganza for all ages.  

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