Strictly’s Faye Tozer reveals famous back up when she needs to put Giovanni in his place

Watch out, Gio!

Faye Tozer gets “lovely messages” from former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Debbie McGee.

The 60-year-old television personality danced with Giovanni Pernice in last year’s series of the BBC Latin and ballroom dance competition, and has been sending messages of support to the Italian hunk and his celebrity partner for this year, Steps singer Faye.

Faye and Giovanni get help from Debbie (Credit: BBC)

Faye said: “We get lovely messages from Debbie McGee. She said when times get tough I need to put Gio in his place, and to give her a call if I need back-up. We’re in cahoots.”

Debbie McGee danced with Giovanni last year (Credit: BBC)

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Despite topping the leaderboard on Saturday (01.12.18) with a perfect 40, Faye admitted she’d like to be a little bit more like fellow contestant Stacey Dooley – who is dancing with Kevin Clifton – because she’s so “confident”.

The 43-year-old singer told the Sunday People newspaper: “I’d like to have the confidence she has. People absolutely love her.”

Faye wants to be like Stacey (Credit: BBC)

Meanwhile, the ‘Tragedy’ hitmaker recently revealed it is “tricky” being away from her husband during her long training sessions for the show, but says they have a solid family unit which is helping her get through it.

She told The Sun: “It’s always tricky being away from home. You just have to keep your head above water.

“We’ve just got to keep really tight as a family unit and make sure we communicate – I think that’s the only way. But it is tough being away from home because we miss each other.”

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Giovanni and Faye have been the subject of rumours (Credit: Instagram)

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Faye was recently spotted enjoying a cosy meal with her hunky 28-year-old dance partner Giovanni but she insisted the pair are just good friends.

She said: “I can feed myself thank you very much. But I had a bit of salad on my face so he took it off and that was it.”

And Faye’s Steps bandmate Claire Richards insisted the star won’t fall to the ‘Strictly’ curse.

The former ‘Popstar to Operastar’ contestant said: “She’s not that stupid. If she’s having an affair with her partner she’s not going to be sitting in the window of a restaurant.

“It was her birthday that day and they don’t normally go out for lunch. She’s made of tough stuff, her and her husband are solid… I think. He’s been taking the mickey out of it.”

Strictly Come Dancing: The Results is on Sunday night at 7.20pm on BBC One

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