They set tongues wagging after a ‘hot’ Argentine tango routine on Saturday’s show, with head judge Shirley Ballas even praising their ‘special chemistry’.
And professional dancer Giovanni Pernice, 30, has now reportedly brushed off rumours of a romance with his celebrity partner Ranvir Singh, 43.
Although admitting the duo have forged a ‘close friendship’, pals of Giovanni have said there’s not a romantic ‘spark’ between them, reports
Shutting it down: Strictly’s Giovanni Pernice, 30, has reportedly brushed off rumours of a romance with his celebrity partner Ranvir Singh, 43, after their ‘hot’ tango routine
A friend told the publication: ‘The romance viewers think they see between them is just for TV.
‘They have forged a close friendship but there isn’t a spark like that between them. Both of them are getting tired of the rumours.’
MailOnline has contacted Giovanni’s representative for a comment.
Ranvir has also previously denied there is any romance between her and Giovanni, insisting that they find the idea that they will be hit by the Strictly curse ‘very funny’.
Just friends: Pals of the Italian dancer are thought to have said that what viewers are thinking is a romantic spark, is actually ‘just for TV’ (pictured performing on Strictly on Saturday night)
Her Strictly rival Jamie Laing also said that he could not see a romance between the duo, as Ranvir has told him that she ‘hates’ Giovanni after a long day of rehearsals.
He continued: ‘He is so competitive and she is so laid back and it makes him furious, it’s hilarious. I just don’t see how the curse can happen.’
It comes after head judge Shirley, 60, revealed that she believes Ranvir could be ‘dark horse’ of show, as she praised her ‘special chemistry’ with Giovanni.
Shirley appeared on Monday’s instalment of Lorraine, where she discussed the high standard of performers this year in what she insists is the ‘toughest series yet.’
Expert opinion: It comes after judge Shirley Ballas appeared on Lorraine on Monday to praise Ranvir’s ‘special chemistry’ with Giovanni in what she insists is ‘the toughest series yet’
When Lorraine Kelly mentioned GMB’s own Ranvir Singh, Shirley was full of praise, saying: ‘Well let me tell you, Ranvir was all sizzle this weekend.
‘There was a sensuality about the female movement, there was something special in the chemistry between the two of them.
‘It was like they were just in a room all on their own and we were able to look in the windows. She is sensational… She could be the dark horse by the way.’
Speaking about the high standards on the show so far, Shirley said: ‘It’s the hardest, toughest series…sending anybody home is so difficult. I just urge everybody, please vote, make my job easy…
Hot! During Saturday’s live show, Shirley was blown away by the intense closeness between Ranvir and Giovanni as she branded their dance ‘so hot’
‘They have all impressed me but I think Jamie Laing this week just blew my socks off. I wasn’t expecting that.
‘And as for Bill Bailey, he is just something else isn’t he? But they are all good, JJ Chalmers with Amy, they’re just great.’
During Saturday’s episode of Strictly, Shirley was yet again blown away by the intense closeness between Ranvir and Giovanni as she branded their dance ‘so hot’.
Ranvir, had teased that she and the professional dancer, would be up in ‘each other’s business’ while dancing the Argentine tango to When Doves Cry by Prince.
And she did not fail to disappoint, as Shirley could not help but gush about how the Strictly stars ‘almost kissed each other’ during the intimate routine.
After the performance, she excitedly said: ‘Well it made me rather hot under the collar I have to say. You’re very feminine but extremely powerful.
Chemistry: The TV presenter had previously teased that she and the dancer would be up in ‘each other’s business’ while dancing the Argentine tango to When Doves Cry by Prince
‘And I felt like you were in your own room and we were all watching from the window, as your legs got entwined and your lips puckered.
‘And you almost kissed each other! It was so hot, it was so sensational.’
The sensual dance scored Ranvir an impressive 27 out of 30 – an eight from Craig Revel Horwood, a nine from Shirley, and a staggering ten from Anton Du Beke, who is standing in for Motsi Mabuse as she self-isolates after returning from Germany.
Giovanni and Ranvir had previously teased that the sexy tango is all ‘about chemistry’ while speaking in a training video earlier this week.
Puckered lips: Shirley could not help but gush about how the Strictly stars ‘almost kissed each other’ during the incredibly intimate routine
On BBC’s It Takes Two, he explained: ‘Argentine Tango is about the chemistry between the two dancers.’
While the Good Morning Britain host quickly agreed, saying: ‘It is about the passion. I am loving it.’
They have been hit by speculation about a budding romance since Shirley mentioned on their ‘strong chemistry’ after their fun-filled Cha Cha the week before.
She told the couple: ‘I love the flirting and teasing, there’s definitely a strong chemistry between this team.’
Although denying any suggestion of a romance, Ranvir has acknowledged that she has grown close to Giovanni over recent weeks.
Ahead of Saturday’s flirty performance, she while speaking with Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain: ‘Wait til you see the Argentine tango… we are up in each other’s business all the time.’
Not having it: Ranvir previously denied there is any romance between her and Giovanni, insisting that they find the idea that they will be hit by the Strictly curse ‘very funny’
But Piers, 55, seemed to support the idea of a potential romance, saying that because are both single it ‘wouldn’t be a Strictly curse, it would be a Strictly blessing if they got together’.
Looking red-faced, Ranvir said: ‘In a few mins I have to see him… [clip showing how close they’ll be on argentine tango] Well, basically you’re like that the whole time.’
Talking about their incredible chemistry, she added: ‘There is dance magic!’
Piers went on to note that the pair sizzle together, but Ranvir was having none of it.
She said: ‘Oh he sizzles on his own, he doesn’t need my in the room. He’s a 30-year-old hot Italian he doesn’t need me.’
The TV presenter is single after splitting from husband Ranjeet Singh Dehal several years ago, who she shares her son Tushaan with.
Not a thing: The TV presenter also told Piers Morgan that Giovanni doesn’t need her to ‘sizzle’, saying ‘he’s a 30-year-old hot Italian he doesn’t need me’ (pictured during Saturday’s Strictly)