Debbie McGee: Paul would've liked TV kiss
28 September 2017 - 12:00 PM

Debbie McGee: Paul would've liked TV kiss

Debbie McGee thinks her late husband Paul Daniels would have "loved" that she smooched her "Strictly Come Dancing" partner Giovanni Pernice live on television.

The 58-year-old performer set tongues wagging when she planted a huge "smacker" on the lips of the Italian choreographer, 27, at the end of her Paso Doble last weekend, but she's convinced her spouse - who passed away last year from a brain tumour - would have been happy with her spontaneous lip-locking because it's "show business".

Speaking on "This Morning" on Thursday (28.09.17), she said: "He would have loved it. And the fact that I have caused - or seemed to have caused - this furore with the kiss on Saturday night, he just loved show business and that was real show business. I know he will be look down on me and thinking: "Ok, yeah." He would have been happy."

Not only did the kiss come as a huge shock to viewers, but Giovanni hadn't actually choreographed it and was taken aback when she grabbed his face and pecked him.

She explained: "In rehearsal I just gently caressed his cheek and gave him a gentle push [during that part of the dance], but actually I didn't really realise until I watched it back how hard I pushed him. It was a bit of a smacker, he was so great."

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And Debbie is determined to make the most of her time in the competition - how ever long she's there -because she's wanted to do the show since Paul took part in 2010.

She said: "I've always wanted to do "Strictly". I loved watching Paul doing it and he loved his time on it. But what I hadn't realised was the whole camaraderie behind the scenes. It's such a happy show to work on and you feel like a princess. Everyone is lovely."

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However, the blonde star is hoping to do better than her late spouse - who was eliminated from the competition after just two weeks - did with Ola Jordan.

She said recently: "Paul would love the fact I have been asked to be part of "Strictly". I'm hoping to last a little longer [than he did]. But he did really well as he did have two left feet and he couldn't hear the music but he managed to keep in time."

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