Strictly's Giovanni to include BSL performances on tour after win with Rose Ayling-Ellis

The 31-year-old won this year after seven years on the show. Credit: PA Images

Strictly Come Dancing's Giovanni Pernice has announced part of his next solo tour will be available with British Sign Language (BSL) signed performances.

The 31-year-old won this year's series with actress Rose Ayling-Ellis, who made history by becoming the show's first deaf contestant.

Her appearance on the show has already led to a surge in interest in learning BSL, with one website recording a 2,844% increase in signups for their free trial training programmes.

Pernice has also acknowledged the positive impact she's had on him, writing on social media: "You have given me thousands of reasons to be proud of you. The way you inspire me and always cheer me up, I am really grateful to have you in my life."

Now he's revealed three of his This Is Me tour dates will be available with BSL. They are:

  • Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow - 5 April

  • Bridgewater Hall, Manchester - 8 April

  • Beck Theatre, Hayes - 14 May

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