Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Laura Whitmore is loving her time with Giovanni Pernice

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Laura Whitmore has opened up about training with Giovanni Pernice on Strictly Come Dancing 2016.

The pair were partnered up with one another on this year's series during Saturday night's launch show and seem to have hit it off.

Speaking in her blog for Glamour magazine, Laura raved about her pro partner: "I like to call him Gio Gio [Joe Joe]. Gio is so talented, and when I saw him last year I thought he was one of the best dancers and best choreographers in the whole show.

"I'm a feisty Irish lady, and he's a feisty Italian guy so it should be interesting."

The former I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! host compared the Italian to her ex-co host on the ITV2 show.

She explained: "[Joe and I] worked brilliantly together but also had full blown arguments. We hugged each other when we were sad and encouraged each other when we were unsure or worried. Gio is my Italian Joe Swash."

It's not been quite all smiles for Laura in training with Giovanni so far, with a clip posted on Twitter seeing her complain about him not giving her a break.

"I'm so tired, I can't feel my legs," she remarks.

Gio replies: "You'll be fine."

"I will if I get a decent break, 3 minutes don't count as a break!" says Laura.

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 returns to BBC One on Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24 for the first live shows of the series.

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