Strictly’s Debbie McGee got cosy with her dance partner Giovanni Pernice for the second time in DAYS after sharing an intimate embrace after rehearsals

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DEBBIE McGee was spotted getting cosy with her dance partner for the second time in days.

The ex-magician’s assistant, 58, had a hug with Giovanni Pernice, 27, after rehearsals this week.

It comes after their cheeky kiss while performing a paso doble on last week’s show.

 Strictly Come Dancing star Debbie McGee got close with her dance partner

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Strictly Come Dancing star Debbie McGee got close with her dance partner
 This is the second time this week Debbie and her partner Giovanni Pernice have gotten this close

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This is the second time this week Debbie and her partner Giovanni Pernice have gotten this close
 The duo shared a kiss during their paso doble routine last week

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The duo shared a kiss during their paso doble routine last week

McGee has said she thinks her late husband Paul Daniels would have been happy with her kissing dance partner Giovanni Pernice.

On Saturday’s night show the 58-year-old shocked viewers and the professional dancer when she planted a smacker on his lips at the end of her dance.

While the smooch has caused a bit of a stir, Debbie believes magician Paul, who passed away in March of last year, would have been a fan.

Speaking on This Morning to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, she said: “He would have loved it.

“And the fact that I have caused – or seemed to have caused – this furore with the kiss on Saturday night, he just loved show business and that was real show business. I know he will be look down on me and thinking: ‘Ok, yeah.’ He would have been happy.”

And when Holly asked if the kiss with the hunky 27-year-old was planned she responded: “No!”

 The pair were seen again embracing after a tough week of rehearsals

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The pair were seen again embracing after a tough week of rehearsals
 This week they performed a Viennese Waltz to She's Always A Woman by Billy Joel

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This week they performed a Viennese Waltz to She’s Always A Woman by Billy Joel
 Debbie and Giovanni wowed the judges with their romantic number

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Debbie and Giovanni wowed the judges with their romantic number

“In rehearsal I just gently caressed his cheek and gave him a gentle push [during that part of the dance], but actually I didn’t really realise until I watched it back how hard I pushed him, ” she said. “It was a bit of a smacker, he was so great.”

Over the weekend Debbie and Giovanni wowed as they danced the Paso Doble to Be Italian by Fergie.

Her performance, which also involved her doing the splits, won serious praise from the judges as she was declared the dark horse of the competition.

Craig Revel Horwood told her: “Whatever Giovanni has done to you darling it’s certainly working because you’re dancing like a 20-year-old out there.”

 Debbie McGee has opened up about THAT kiss on Strictly

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Debbie McGee has opened up about THAT kiss on Strictly
 Debbie and Giovanni smooched at the end of her routine

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Debbie and Giovanni smooched at the end of her routine
 Debbie wowed with her performance last Saturday night

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Debbie wowed with her performance last Saturday night

While Darcey Bussell said: “You are on fire. Oh my! So flexible – the splits. Keep it up, keep it up because you’re going to go a long way!”

Debbie, who came second on the leader board, once again praised her partner for her success.

She told Phil and Holly: “He was a brilliant teacher. Everyone has gone on about the kiss.

“On the first day I could only get about half way. He just made me stretch every day because he knew I had the potential.”

 Debbie with her late husband Paul Daniels, who died in March of last year

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Debbie with her late husband Paul Daniels, who died in March of last year
 Debbie said her late husband would have approved of the kiss

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Debbie said her late husband would have approved of the kiss
 Debbie opened up during an interview on This Morning

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Debbie opened up during an interview on This Morning

And playing down her ballet training in the past she said: “It’s so different to ballroom and Latin.

“I danced over 30 years ago. It would be like asking a footballer to do something else 30 years later. It’s a completely different muscle thing.”

 Debbie looked incredible as she hit the dance floor

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Debbie looked incredible as she hit the dance floor
 Debbie praised Giovanni for bringing out the best in her

Debbie praised Giovanni for bringing out the best in her
Debbie McGee reveals she was ‘jealous’ of husband Paul Daniels’ Strictly Come Dancing stint

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