Ranvir Singh has heaped praise on her Strictly Come Dancing partner Giovanni Pernice, saying he ‘sizzles’ on the dance floor.
The Good Morning Britain presenter, 43, spoke about her ‘intimate’ routines with the Italian pro, 30, saying they put in the work to make sure their romantic dances are ‘convincing’.
Speaking to The Mirror, Ranvir admitted taking part in the show is ‘surreal’ and it has helped her ‘break down’ some of her barriers.
Partners: Ranvir Singh has heaped praise on her Strictly Come Dancing partner Giovanni Pernice, saying he ‘sizzles’ on the dance floor
She said: ‘Giovanni is so amazing, he doesn’t need me to be sensational. He sizzles all by himself. It doesn’t matter whether I’m in the room or not, he’s sizzling away. The dances are all about being romantic and, of course, we have to make them convincing.
‘You’ve got to be game when you take part in Strictly. You can’t do things halfheartedly. I admit, it doesn’t come easily. You have to break down some of your own barriers and do things that can feel embarrassing at first.’
She added: ‘It’s very intimate. Then your face is right in their face. It’s taken a bit of getting used to.’
Ranvir, who confirmed she had split from her husband Ranjeet Singh just weeks before making her Strictly debut, said the show came at the right time for her, and praised Giovanni with helping to restore her body confidence.
‘Sizzling’: The Good Morning Britain presenter, 43, said she and Giovanni, 30, work to make sure their ‘romantic’ dances are ‘convincing’
Ranvir and Giovanni have notable chemistry, which viewers and the judges have repeatedly commented on. But the star says the intimacy stays on the dancefloor.
Speaking to OK! magazine, she said: ‘If I got hit by the curse, it would be a bloody miracle! Oh my God, that would be hilarious.
‘Do you know most of the dancers were born in 1990 or something? I’m old enough to be their mother! It’s very optimistic and complimentary that anyone would think I would be struck by the curse.’
Ranvir has seen considerable success on this year’s series of Strictly, which has pushed her to juggle a hectic schedule and gruelling rehearsal regime that sees her working almost 16 hours a day.
She previously told the Daily Mail: ‘Having lots of work is a blessing, and it would be churlish not to be grateful.
‘I don’t really feel like I’m running on adrenaline, I feel like I’m just really focused. I’ve got to do the dance – I can’t delay it!
‘I thrive on pressure – my whole professional life is working to live deadlines, so it’s quite a familiar feeling.’
She said: ‘Giovanni is so amazing, he doesn’t need me to be sensational. He sizzles all by himself. It doesn’t matter whether I’m in the room or not, he’s sizzling away’