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Strictly couple pay tribute to deaf community

Giovanni Pernice lifting up Rose Ayling-Ellis on Strictly
Giovanni Pernice lifting up Rose Ayling-Ellis on Strictly Image credit: hellomagazine.com

Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice made quite the impression on Strictly Come Dancing last Saturday when, in the middle of their routine, they paid tribute to the deaf community.

The couple, who were performing to Symphony by Clean Bandit, fell silent half way through their routine in respect to those with hearing loss.

Unsurprisingly their routine received some amazing feedback from the judges.

Shirley Ballas said their dance will be “etched in her heart for a long long time” and Anton Du Beke called it “the greatest thing he’s ever seen” since he has been on the panel.

Motsi Mabuse told the pair in some cases Strictly is sometimes “more than marks and dancing” and Craig Revel Horwood? Well, he thought they were absolutely “Fab-u-lous!”

The couple finished in second place with 39 points behind Rhys Stephenson who scored top marks with his performance with Nancy Xu dancing to The Charleston by Bob Wilson and his Varsity Rhythm Boys.

Rose is the first contestant on Strictly with hearing loss, her dancing partner Giovanni is learning British Sign Language so he can communicate with her more quickly during their training sessions in a bid to become king and queen of the dancefloor.,

Strictly Come Dancing is on BBC One, Saturdays, Time vary and available afterwards on BBC iPlayer.