Debbie McGee admits her 'Strictly Come Dancing' partner Giovanni Pernice makes her feel "special".

Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice

Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice

The 59-year-old TV star has been excelling on the BBC dance show and her close relationship with Giovanni, 27, has even prompted rumours of a romance between the duo.

Of their partnership, Debbie - who was married to magician Paul Daniels from 1988 until his death in 2016 - explained: "There's a magic that is happening. The other dancers take the mickey out of us.

"He really cares, he doesn't just care about me, he cares about everybody. He makes everyone feel special and that what's Paul used to do, and that's what I love about him."

Debbie was recently spotted greeting her hunky dance partner with a kiss.

And she's confessed that they already share an "incredible bond".

Debbie told OK! magazine: "We've laughed about how similar we are. Why does it happen in life? I don't know. We just have this incredible bond."

Despite this, Debbie previously rubbished speculation that she and Giovanni are already dating.

She said: "It's absolutely great people think he fancies me.

"We have a chemistry, a great sense of humour, we both make each other laugh and that has brought us together.

"We have a very special friendship. People see us dancing these sexy routines and then we are pictured having lunch together so assume something must be going on.

"The truth is we really like each other but it isn't a love affair. We love each other, but we are not in love with each other. It's just one of those very special friendships."

Debbie continued: "He's 30 years younger than me!"