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Debbie McGee defends her Strictly kiss with partner

By Lucy Mapstone

Strictly Come Dancing's Debbie McGee has said her late husband, magician Paul Daniels, would be "happy" over her kiss with professional partner Giovanni Pernice last weekend.

The radio and TV personality (58) spoke of the "furore" she caused during the first live episode of the series, when she and 27-year-old Pernice shared a kiss at the end of their routine.

Asked on ITV's This Morning what Daniels would have thought, she replied: "He'd love it, he would just love it. And the fact that I caused, or appeared to have caused, this furore with the kiss on Saturday night ... he just loved showbusiness, and that really was showbiz.

"So I know he would be looking down on me thinking, 'Okay - yes'. He'd be happy."

McGee surprised the judges and viewers with her Paso Doble to 'Be Italian', and came second on the leaderboard.

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