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Strictly’s Rose and Giovanni reveal all on their special moment during latest performance

Strictly Come Dancing stars Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice have revealed all on their ‘special moment’.

The EastEnders actress and her professional dance partner appeared on This Morning following their monumental silent dance on Saturday night, in honour of the deaf community.

During their performance, the music was cut and the pair continued to dance in silence as part of their spellbinding routine to Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson song Symphony.

And there wasn’t a dry eye in the studio after the emotional routine – which was hailed as Strictly’s ‘greatest ever performance.’

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As the dance ended a tearful Giovanni told Rose, who is the first deaf contestant to be taking part in the hit BBC One show, “I love you.”

The couple appeared on the ITV show today (November 19) to talk about the meaningful moment they shared.

Rose said: “I think it was a special moment for me because a lot of the time, you always see a deaf person getting on well and doing what is normal, but you don’t see how much hard work goes behind it.

“I think the silent moment was to show, ‘This is what I do when I dance – this is the amount of work I do, but I still do it with a smile on my face.’ That’s my message and it’s a lot of what deaf people go through.”



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Host Alison Hammond asked Giovanni if he had the ‘best dance partner’ in Rose.

“100 per cent. I’m a professional dancer, I’ve been doing it for 23 years,” he said.

“Even 10 seconds of silence was so hard because in that 10 seconds, you have to think about your steps and you have to think about keeping the beat and I was like, ‘Now I understand what she goes through.’

“The 10 seconds was powerful, it was very, very, very good.”

Alison told Rose she thought her dance was incredible and asked her how she does it.

“I count a lot in my head, it’s counting. And also it’s Giovanni with me. Really, I get my counting from him,” she revealed.

“I keep in tune with Giovanni and if you keep doing it again, you let your muscle memory do it and then timing sort of does it in my body.”



The performance was hailed as the ‘greatest’ seen on Strictly

“Doing the dance, you can see she lip reads me too, so I give her the timing,” Giovanni added.

“When we do ballroom, we are connected, so it’s a bit easier. The Quick-Step is fast, but for the other dances, we lip read a lot and she’s working a lot on muscle memory – counting.

“She’s working harder than anyone else – even more than me sometimes.”

Dermot O’Leary asked what the first thing they learn is on a Monday each week.

Giovanni said: “It’s the steps and Tuesday, she’ll learn by the steps and then also technical. But for us, the difficulty is we have to manage our steps with the music, so we have to repeat all the time.

“As Rose said, she doesn’t relate to the music, it’s muscle memory.”

On partnering with Rose, the Strictly professional said he’s ‘learning so much’.

“It’s giving me a challenge as a teacher. I’ve been doing the show for a long time, but with Rose, I’m learning so much as a teacher, as a person. It’s a boost to get hopefully all the way to the final,” Giovanni said.



The couple shared an emotional hug

Dermot then mentioned that the internet search for British sign language has increased significantly in recent weeks.

Rose responded: “I feel good because for so long deaf people were always isolated and not really a part of British society. The more people that understand, the more people will communicate with each other.”

A VT of Oscar-winning actress Maisie Sly, who is deaf, then appeared from a This Morning interview earlier in the week.

Maisie told hosts Phillip Schofield and Josie Gibson she hoped Rose and Giovanni will be crowned winners of Strictly.

And Rose responded, “She’s lovely. As a child, I never had anything like that, so it’s really nice that deaf children can have someone to look up to.

“Also not just children, also the parents. My mum… when she found out I was deaf, she felt so alone. She felt she had no idea about deaf culture and deaf community.

“When I see someone like me on Strictly, it’s like, ‘Ah ok, she can do what she wants to do.” It’s society that makes it difficult being deaf…. there’s nothing wrong with being deaf, I have no problem with it. It’s society that makes it harder.”

Giovanni added, “Hopefully, with a role model like Rose [being] on the show, it will open more doors for everybody.”

Rose, from Manchester, is best known to viewers for playing Frankie Lewis in EastEnders.

The 31-year-old, who uses British Sign Language (BSL), joined the BBC soap in 2020 as the secret daughter of Mick Carter, played by Danny Dyer.