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

Debbie McGee: Paul would've liked TV kiss

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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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