Grinning Laura Whitmore and dance partner Giovanni Pernice leave the Strictly studios after EIGHT HOURS of rehearsals

They passed the first Strictly Come Dancing elimination show with flying colours last weekend after impressing the judging panel and public alike with their moves.

But Laura Whitmore and her professional partner Giovanni Pernice were leaving nothing to chance as they rehearsed for a gruelling eight-hour period in central London.

TV presenter Laura, 31, flashed a huge smile as she left the studio, showcasing her slim figure in skintight leggings and a denim jacket layered over a grey T-shirt.

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Working hard: Strictly Come Dancing's Laura Whitmore and Giovanni Pernice were leaving nothing to chance as they rehearsed for an eight-hour period in London on Wednesday

Working hard: Strictly Come Dancing's Laura Whitmore and Giovanni Pernice were leaving nothing to chance as they rehearsed for an eight-hour period in London on Wednesday

Dazzling: Laura, 31, flashed a huge smile as she stepped out in high-waisted three-quarter length leggings and a denim jacket

Dazzling: Laura, 31, flashed a huge smile as she stepped out in high-waisted three-quarter length leggings and a denim jacket

Letting her locks flow messily over her face, the MTV host completed her relaxed look with white pumps and a pair of shades, allowing her natural beauty to shine through with minimal make up.

Laura carried her dance kit in a leather bag as she clutched her phone in one hand and a bottle of water in the other to keep hydrated throughout her gruelling stint in the studio.

Professional dancer Giovanni, 26, looked suave in his trademark leather jacket and black shades, teamed with a pair of baggy cargo pants.

After their rehearsal, the Strictly co-stars hopped into the same car as they began their journey home.

Re-hydration: Laura ensured she kept hydrated after the lengthy dance rehearsal, carrying a bottle of water as she headed home 

Re-hydration: Laura ensured she kept hydrated after the lengthy dance rehearsal, carrying a bottle of water as she headed home 

Laura let her blonde locks flow
She completed her look with some white pumps

Relaxed: Letting her locks flow messily over her face, the blonde beauty completed her relaxed look with some white pumps

On Tuesday, Laura attended the launch event of Google's new phone Pixel in London.

The TV presenter wore her all-in-one unbuttoned almost as low as her navel and added heels to give her ensemble the red carpet edge.

Laura drew further attention to her low-cut neckline with long necklaces following the deep V of her unbuttoned outfit. 

On the move: The pair ambled to their car after the long rehearsal in London 

On the move: The pair ambled to their car after the long rehearsal in London 

Ladies first: Their chauffeur let Laura into the car first as her Italian dance partner made his way inside 

Ladies first: Their chauffeur let Laura into the car first as her Italian dance partner made his way inside 

Back in black: Giovanni closed the door behind him as the pair headed off after practice

Back in black: Giovanni closed the door behind him as the pair headed off after practice

She cut a particularly cool figure with one hand permanently tucked into her pockets and a pouty expression poised for the cameras.

The floral garment benefitted from a pop of colour as Laura accessorised with a black, red and gold clutch bag.

The blonde starlet wowed with a Waltz in the ballroom last weekend and was saved from the first week's public vote, alongside dance partner Giovanni.

Writing for Glamourmagazine.co.uk about her first week on Strictly, Laura said last week: 'I've never been more petrified of anything than I was opening the first show last Friday. Everything felt like jelly - knees, legs… brain.' 

Ready for bed? Laura made a bold fashion move in a pyjama style jumpsuit on Tuesday night as she hit the launch of Google's new phone Pixel

Ready for bed? Laura made a bold fashion move in a pyjama style jumpsuit on Tuesday night as she hit the launch of Google's new phone Pixel

Elevated: The Irish TV presenter added high heels to elevate her frame as she worked her magic in front of the cameras
Style fan: The blonde left her jumpsuit underbuttoned, low

Elevated: The Irish TV presenter added high heels to elevate her frame as she worked her magic in front of the cameras 

'I'll be honest with you, it hasn't been an easy ride. You have to spend a lot of time with someone you never met.

'And you have to trust them. Giovanni has been great trying to get me to build my confidence in dancing but it takes time.'

Last year, Giovanni was partnered alongside Laura's friend, actress Georgia May Foote, 25.

The former dance partners started shortly after the 2015 show wrapped in January 2016, but announced their split in September after nine months together.  

On Sunday night, the show said goodbye to Xtra Factor presenter Melvin Odoom when he was voted off the show in a shock twist that saw Anastacia pull out of the dance-off due to injury.

A successful week on Strictly: Laura performed a delightful Waltz with dance partner Giovanni on Strictly Come Dancing at the weekend

A successful week on Strictly: Laura performed a delightful Waltz with dance partner Giovanni on Strictly Come Dancing at the weekend

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