Strictly viewers fuming at Craig for ‘ruining’ Rose and Giovanni’s special moment

Strictly Come Dancing fans were fuming with judge Craig Revel Horwood for not ‘reading the room’ over Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice’s powerful routine.

Viewers spellbound by the emotional dance on the hit BBC One show flocked to Twitter after judge Craig denied the pair a perfect score.

The EastEnders actress and her professional partner danced to Symphony by Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson on Saturday night.

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In a first for the long-running show on Saturday evening (November 13) the dance featured a silent sequence in honour of the deaf community and Rose’s own experiences.

Giovanni Pernice and Rose Ayling-Ellis

It was hailed as Strictly’s greatest ever performance by judge Anton du Beke, who had been a professional dancer on Strictly since it began in 2004.

“It was the greatest thing I’ve ever seen on the show,” he said.

Anton, Motsi Mabuse and head judge Shirley Ballas all awarded a perfect 10.

But Craig decided to give it a nine and pointed out a small error in their performance.

He said: “In the contemporary dance you need to extract energy from the floor. I thought that was just missing on a technical basis but my darling fab-u-lous.”

Fans were moved to tears

Fans on Twitter were not impressed with many believing Rose, Strictly’s first deaf contestant, should have had the same score as CBBC presenter Rhys Stephenson who received 40 for his charleston with Nancy Xu.

“I know I need to get out more, but really angry at Craig – Rose and Giovanni’s dance was hugely powerful and progressive but in the name of being the ‘bad guy’ he ruined the moment with a 9,” fumed one.

“Why? He had nothing bad to say, no reason.”

“Craig giving Rhys a 10 and not Rose – wtf was that?” asked another.

“Absolutely loved how Craig just s*** on the Strictly vibe with a 9 for Rose. Read the room man (it was magical, powerful & iconic),” tweeted another.

“Craig gave THAT DANCE A 9??!” shouted another.


“Actually embarrassing Craig giving Rose and Gio a 9. The was art, powerful, and so much more than a dance,” another tweeted.

“A moment. A memorable, meaningful, breath taking moment.”

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Another wrote: “For Craig to only give Rose and Giovanni a 9, for a dance that made the whole TV audience cry, let alone the studio … the emotion they both put in, it was a gift to the deaf community.”

And another viewer commented: “The most moving dance in Strictly history and Craig scores a 9.

“A truly great judge would know that sometimes dancing transcends technicalities.”

“How can Craig score Rose a 9 but score Rhys a 10?” asked another.

Rose, from Manchester, and Giovanni previously secured a perfect 40 for their tango in Halloween Week to Shivers by Ed Sheeran.

It was the highest score of the series so far and also the earliest that the mark of 40 has been awarded in the show’s history.