STRICTLY Come Dancing fans have speculated that Giovanni Pernice is secretly happy to have been booted off the show last night.
The professional dancer and his celebrity partner Richie Anderson waved goodbye to the BBC competition on Sunday after failing to impress the judges in the dance off.
Strictly star Giovanni, 32, and Richie, 34, went head-to-head with Fleur East in the dance off before being sent home.
The pair danced the samba to Hakuna Matata from the much-loved Disney movie The Lion King, but were scored just 27 points.
Richie said goodbye to the ballroom for good, but fans are convinced that it wasn't all bad news for his pro-partner Giovanni.
He and Richie have been plagued with rumours of a feud and "tension" between them, fuelled last week when they sat separately from each other on It Takes Two.
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Last week, the two men were given their own armchairs, while Kaye Adams and Kai Widdrington sat closely together on a sofa.
Fans felt something was off between the pair, suggesting that Giovanni looked "out of sorts" during their interview.
The Sun revealed Richie and Giovanni had also suffered a rocky start behind the scenes on the BBC dance competition.
Richie was forced to speak out against rumours amid talk he hadn't clicked yet with his partner – hitting back it was not true.
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It's for this reason that fans think that Giovanni was HAPPY to be voted off the show last night after the second episode.
"Giovanni looks SO happy inside," one fan wrote to Twitter after the dance off result, as a second agreed: "He looks happy."
"I personally do not think Giovanni has been happy with his pairing. He just looked so uncomfortable," a third said.
While a fourth chimed in: "Congratulations Giovanni, he must be happy now, he managed to ruin everything."
A fifth concluded: "I bet Giovanni is happy he doesn't have to dance with Richie any more."
Giovanni and Richie ntered the dance-off against Fleur East and Vito Coppola but ended up receiving the least amount of votes.
Speaking about his Strictly experience, Richie told host Tess Daly: "Do you know what as a Strictly fan I always thought it was a magical thing to be a part of.
"Being here it really is and it’s not just the people that you see on camera, the judges, and you and Claud and the amazing people that I’ve got to meet on this show.
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I want to thank this guy [Giovanni] as well, he’s been so amazing, and I feel so lucky that I’ve got to dance with you every day.
"Not only are you a fantastic dancer but you are also a fantastic guy on top of that. I want to thank all my family and friends and my other half Dean who is in the audience, I love you so much.”
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