Strictlys Graziano shares sweet tribute to dance partner Judi Love ahead of first performance

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Strictly Come Dancing pro Graziano Di Prima has taken to his Instagram to share a sweet tribute to his dance partner and Loose Women panellist Judi Love ahead of the pair’s first performance on Saturday 25 September.

Graziano, 27, shared with his 126k followers two pictures of himself and Judi, 41, as they prepare for their first dance this weekend.

The pictures show the dancing couple all glitzed up ahead of Saturday’s show and the Italian dancer shared this sweet message to his partner in the caption.

He wrote: “How long I’ve been waiting for this moment.. too long. This woman has been working so hard, I know we will smash it together!! I appreciate you so much queen!! Let’s do this!!”

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Fellow pro Strictly dancer Dianne Buswell took to the comments box to say: “Go go go amazing couple.”

While pro dancer Johannes Radebe added: “So happy for you my dear.”

Fans were also quick to comment on how much they were looking forward to seeing the couple dance this weekend.

One said: “Can’t wait to see you both dance” followed by a red heart emoji.

While a second penned: “Amazing! Excited to watch!”

And a third commented: “I can’t wait! You will be amazing! :)”

The pair have been training hard for the series and Judi has had her fair share of struggles and took to her Instagram stories to document her intense training sessions.

The Loose Women star recorded her Strictly pro partner Graziano Di Prima as he helped her put her trainers on after she was unable to due to how intense the dance training is earlier this week.

She captioned the video: "Training is finished and I couldn't even out my shoes on! Thank you my sweetie @grazianodiprima."

The pair of them were giggling at the state that Judi's feet were in.

Italian dancer Graziano skyrocketed to fame after he joined the Strictly cast in 2018 and in a chat with OK!, he described the moment he found out the news as “life-changing.”

Graziano said: “From Sicily, after many years of competitions, we ended up in London and the production said to us ‘guys, the Strictly producer is coming to see us tonight’ but I wasn’t bothered as I was still so new.

“After two weeks, the producer from the show I was working on at the time called and said ‘I’ve got two pieces of news to share, one is bad and one is beautiful.’

“I told him to start with the bad one. He said ‘you’ll never work with us again.’ And I was shocked, and said what? and I asked him for the good news, and he said ‘Strictly asked me about you.’

“I fell from the chair, and someone asked if I wanted a glass of wine, and I said yes!”

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