Strictly's Giovanni Pernice strips down to just his pants in backstage video shared by Katya Jones

STRICTLY Come Dancing's Katya Jones captured fellow pro dancer in nothing but his pants after he took home the Glitterball trophy.

Katya paid tribute to Giovanni and his Eastenders partner Rose Ayling-Ellis after she made history on Saturday becoming the first deaf contestant to win the BBC ballroom series.

The professional dancer also gushed about the 2021 lineup of celebs and dancers, describing them as "new and old friends".

But in one backstage video she managed to get Giovanni in all his glory as the pair celebrated.

Filming herself with the Italian dancer sitting down in the background, Katya cheered as Giovanni eventually stood up to show he was wearing nothing but a pair of black briefs.

As he stood he raised his arms above his head and yelled, "Merry Christmas", and the pair then looked at each other and laughed.

Other fun moments Katya captured, included her view of when Rose and Giovanni were named winner, Kai Widdrington carrying the injured AJ Odudu on his back and other fun moments from the final.

"Just a few magical moments from the weekend. There was too many emotions. A celebration of diversity all around," Katya captioned the heartwarming post.

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"What a worthy winner we got in @rose.a.e and @pernicegiovann1. The love we felt for @john_whaite and @johannesradebe. The heart break we felt for @ajodudu and @kaiwidd.

"Spending time with my new and old friends for the last time in the while.:

Katya added: "The end of this chapter of our lives. 😭 I am not kidding, I cried from the first till the last second of the show. What a blessing. All I have is enormous love in my heart."

Rose and Gio scored an almost perfect score during the final, finished on 119, the same as their competitors, Johannes Radebe and John Whaite.

The pair kicked the night off with their movie week Quickstep, performing with beaming smiles and fancy footwork.

It got them an impressive 39 points, and Giovanni followed it by telling Rose it had been a dream to dance with her, calling her a "friend for life".

Their second dance stunned the judges and audience at home with their powerful part-silent routine.

There wasn't a dry eye in the house as the pair briefly cut the music to Clean Bandit's Symphony for the final part of their dance.

Judge Motsi Mabuse said it was so special and a beautiful dance, while Shirley Ballas said she was an "inspirational young lady".



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