LUBA Mushtuk returned to BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing for the 2019 series as one of the show’s pro dancers but this time she got a celebrity partner.
But just who is she? And when did she date Giovanni Pernice? Here’s everything we know about Luba…
Who is Luba Mushtuk?
Luba is a professional dancer and choreographer, who has competed professionally and played an important role on Strictly Come Dancing for a number of years.
In previous series she has helped out behind the scenes with choreography for the pros and their partners, and also filled in as a back-up dancer for the show’s big opening numbers.
In May 2018 it was announced she is set to officially join the line-up as a professional dancer on the show.
Luba has also taken part in the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tours, dancing with the likes of former winners Ore Oduba.
She danced with Strictly Giovanni Pernice‘s 2018 solo tour, Born to Win.
Luba has also toured the world in the likes of Burn The Floor.
Who is Luba Mushtuk’s Strictly Come Dancing partner?
Luba Mushtukm has been partnered with James Cracknell, making him her first celebrity pairing since joining the show.
Olympian James was delighted when Luba was announced as his partner, with the two sharing a hug moments after.
Of starring on the show, he said: “The biggest challenge for me is allowing myself to look stupid and fail, letting myself off the leash.”
Did Luba date Giovanni Pernice?
In November 2017 it emerged that Luba was in a relationship with Giovanni.
They were reportedly friends for years before taking things to the next level.
When The Sun exclusively revealed they were dating, a source said: “She would like their romance to be out in the open. Luba is very keen to be on the show one day.”
By New Year 2018, he was dating TOWIE’s Jess Wright and the relationship was over.
The pair later reunited, with Luba celebrating Giovanni’s birhday with a sweet Instagram post.
The caption said: “Happy Birthday to you @pernicegiovann1, my beautiful Giovanechka.
“Have the best day full of surprises (I’ll make sure about that) Love you.”
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However, in January 2019, Ashley Roberts, who competed in Strictly in 2018, confirmed she was dating Giovanni.
That same month, Giovanni echoed Ashley by discussing their relationship during an interview on ITV’s Lorraine.
What time is Strictly Come Dancing 2019 on?
Strictly Come Dancing returned for its 17th series on BBC One on September 7, 2019.
However, the show kicked off with the red carpet launch on Monday, August 26, 2019.
The live shows begin on Saturday, September 21, with the results airing the following day on Sundays.
Strictly continues on BBC One on 7pm and you can get the FULL celebrity line-up here.