Giovanni Pernice's foot is CRUSHED in a closing door just TWO days before Strictly final 1

Giovanni Pernice’s foot is CRUSHED in a closing door just TWO days before Strictly final

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Saturday night’s grand final is set to see Rose Ayling-Ellis, 27, and John Whaite, 32, compete for the glitterball trophy.

But on Thursday, Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice’s, 31, foot was crushed in a closing door as he arrived at the It Takes Two film studios in London with celebrity dance partner Rose. 

His injury adds further worry to the fast-approaching Strictly final as AJ Odudu pulled out of the competition on Friday, after suffering ligament damage to her foot earlier this week, leaving her unable to stand and relying on crutches.

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Oh no! On Thursday, Giovanni Pernice's, 31, foot was crushed in a closing door as he arrived at the It Takes Two film studios in London with celebrity dance partner Rose Ayling-Ellis

Oh no! On Thursday, Giovanni Pernice’s, 31, foot was crushed in a closing door as he arrived at the It Takes Two film studios in London with celebrity dance partner Rose Ayling-Ellis

While patiently waiting for the door to the film studies to be opened from the inside, Giovanni and Rose were stood outside chatting to fans.

Finally, three men left through the door to behind them, and after the third and final man passed through, Giovanni used his foot to keep the door ajar and urged him: ‘keep it keep it keep it…’    

But the man refused to listen to the professional dancer’s request and instead forced the door closed.

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Giovanni exclaimed ‘that’s my foot!’ as he removed it at the last second after it was trapped and almost crushed. 

Ouch! Giovanni exclaimed 'that's my foot!' as he removed it at the last second after it was trapped and almost crushed

Ouch! Giovanni exclaimed ‘that’s my foot!’ as he removed it at the last second after it was trapped and almost crushed

To me, to you... or not!? After the third and final man passed through a door behind him, Giovanni used his foot to keep the door ajar

Worry: The man was clearly ignoring the professional dancer's request

To me, to you… or not!? After the third and final man passed through a door behind him, Giovanni used his foot to keep the door ajar and urged the man: ‘keep it keep it keep it…’

Unaware of the incredibly close-call, Rose asked: ‘So, we’re not going in then?’ 

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Giovanni responded: ‘I was holding the door with my foot’ as he explained what had happened.

‘You nearly had a broken leg then!’ noted one of the fans who’d watched the incident unfold.

MailOnline has contacted Giovanni Pernice’s representatives for comment. 

Forcing the door closed: But the man refused to listen to the professional dancer's request and instead forced the door closed

No way! Giovanni's facing showed signs of worry as the man crushed his foot in the doorway

Forcing the door closed: But the man refused to listen to the professional dancer’s request and instead forced the door closed

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Unaware: Unaware of the incredibly close-call, Rose asked: 'So, we're not going in then?' Giovanni responded: 'I was holding the door with my foot' as he explained what had happened

Unaware: Unaware of the incredibly close-call, Rose asked: ‘So, we’re not going in then?’ Giovanni responded: ‘I was holding the door with my foot’ as he explained what had happened

Giovanni’s foot incident comes after AJ Odudu, 33, who’s partnered with rumoured boyfriend Kai Widdrington, 26, pulled out of the competition after suffering ligament damage to her foot earlier this week, leaving her unable to stand.

The TV presenter was spotted on Friday leaving her London hotel to head to her final rehearsals on crutches, just one day before the Strictly Come Dancing final. 

The star – who is said to have had treatment on Wednesday – is unable to put any weight on her foot, and was hoping to compete in the final but made the decision to pull out on Friday.

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Oh no! Giovanni's foot incident comes after Strictly's AJ Odudu , 33, pulled out of the competition after suffering ligament damage to her foot earlier this week

Oh no! Giovanni’s foot incident comes after Strictly’s AJ Odudu , 33, pulled out of the competition after suffering ligament damage to her foot earlier this week

After consulting medical professionals, AJ said in a statement: ‘I’m deeply upset that I am unable to perform in the final due to a torn ligament in my right ankle.   

‘Learning to dance over the last 13 weeks has been an incredible honour and to do it alongside someone as special, patient and devoted as Kai is something I’ll treasure forever.  

‘Thank you to the Strictly family for the experience, the medical team for trying to get me back on my feet and mostly, to everyone at home for watching and supporting. You’ve made this experience one to remember. 

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‘Strictly Come Dancing has been a lifelong dream and I’m glad it came true. Good luck to my partners in dance, John and Johannes and Rose and Giovanni. I will be cheering you on (on one leg!)’ 

Now the live final will see just John Whaite and Johannes Radebe and Rose Ayling Ellis and Giovanni Pernice compete for the Glitterball Trophy. 

Dance partner Kai Widdrington said: ‘I’ve been absolutely honoured to get to dance with the incredible AJ Odudu for the last few months and although neither of us wanted our journey to end this way, AJ’s health and safety are by far the most important things. 

‘I want to thank AJ for being the absolute best partner I could ever have asked for in my first year on the show and I will always treasure the memories of dancing in the Strictly ballroom with her. 

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‘I know we will be friends for life and I will be there for her through her recovery in whatever way I can. I want to wish good luck to John and Johannes and Rose and Giovanni for the final. 

‘And finally the biggest thank you to everyone who voted for us throughout the series, your support has been unforgettable.’

Ouch: The star - who is said to have had treatment on Wednesday - is unable to put any weight on her foot as is relying on crutches (Pictured on Friday)

Ouch: The star – who is said to have had treatment on Wednesday – is unable to put any weight on her foot as is relying on crutches (Pictured on Friday)

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