Strictly pro Graziana di Prima breaks dancing record on It Takes Two

Tonight's episode of Strictly Come Dancing spin-off show It Takes Two saw professional dancer Graziano di Prima win the show's annual pro challenge.

This year Strictly dancers have been taking to the floor to break a Guinness World Record, competing to see who can achieve the most Botagogo dance steps in 30 seconds.

While veteran pro Anton du Beke trailed behind and became the lowest scoring contestant of the challenge with just six steps, Graziano soared to the top of the leaderboard performing a whopping 90 steps.

Strictly hunk Giovanni Pernice , who is in a relationship with Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts, came to a close second place, with 80 steps after three were disqualified.


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During Wednesday's episode of the show Giovanni, 29, admitted he couldn't dance as fast as he once could because he feared he was "getting old".

Ahead of attempting to break the record, he said he was worried he was too old now and joked about how there are so "many new kids."

He had previously broken two world records but managed to still smash this 2019 attempt despite his initial fears.


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The World Record was previously set in November 2011 by former Strictly Come Dancing pro dancer Artem Chigvintsev, who achieved 79 Botafogo dance steps in 30 seconds.

Graziano's record-breaking success comes ahead of the Strictly Come Dancing semi final this weekend.

The four remaining couples inch closer to next week's final and the Glitterball trophy but Week 11 will see the celebrities notch up the intensity and perform two dances each.


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In the final, the remaining three couples will be tasked with performing two of their favourite routines from their time on the show.

They will also perform a show-dance that shows off the skills they’ve learned over the course of the series.

Traditionally, there would be four couples in the final, but this year there will only be three, after Paralympian Will Bayley 's shock departure halfway through the series.

*The final episode of It Takes Two will start at 6pm on Friday 13 December .

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