Strictly star Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice blow fans away with ‘silent moment’ in routine


Things took an breathtaking turn during Saturday’s Strictly Come Dancing as deaf actress Rose Ayling-Ellis and her partner Giovanni Pernice incorporated a ‘silent moment’ during their routine.

The EastEnders star, 26, and the Italian dancer, 31, performed a Couple’s Choice to Symphony by Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson, a stunning segment of which wasn’t performed to any music. 

An emotional Anton Du Beke, 55, branded the moment ‘the greatest thing he’s ever seen on the show.’ 

Strictly Come Dancing 2021: Deaf Strictly star Rose Ayling-Ellis and partner Giovanni Pernice blew fans away with breathtaking ‘silent moment’ during routine – as Anton Du Beke said it is the ‘greatest thing’ he has ever seen on the show

Head judge Shirley, 61, stood up to praise the moving routine and told the pair: ‘This is a number that will be etched in my heart for a long, long time.’

Motsi, 40, showed her gratitude to Rose for implementing the thought-provoking element to the dance on behalf of the deaf community.

‘Thank you. This was such a beautiful moment to include us in your world,’ she said.

They received an almost-perfect score of 39, leaving the couple on a sentimental cloud nine.

‘The positivity that she gives me in a single day is out of this world,’ Giovanni said, before Rose chimed in to add: ‘Thank you to Strictly for giving me the opportunity to tell my story.’

Moving: The EastEnders star, 26, and the Italian dancer, 31, performed a Couple’s Choice to Symphony by Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson, a stunning segment of which wasn’t performed to any music

Poignant: An emotional Anton Du Beke, 55, branded the moment 'the greatest thing he's ever seen on the show'

Poignant: An emotional Anton Du Beke, 55, branded the moment ‘the greatest thing he’s ever seen on the show’

Unforgettable: 'The positivity that she gives me in a single day is out of this world,' Giovanni said

Unforgettable: ‘The positivity that she gives me in a single day is out of this world,’ Giovanni said 

Breathtaking: Rose said: 'Thank you to Strictly for giving me the opportunity to tell my story'

Breathtaking: Rose said: ‘Thank you to Strictly for giving me the opportunity to tell my story’

Twitter was awash with emotion following the unforgettable routine. 

One fan of the dancing competition resonated with Rose and tweeted: ‘I am in tears [crying face] Trying to explain what’s it’s like to be deaf sometimes is a struggle. I’m not fully deaf but profoundly deaf and sometimes I feel like I don’t belong as I miss out on a lot of things, jokes conversations and sometimes get pushed aside. It can be lonely.’

Another used the microblogging site to show their appreciation: ‘That was just breathtaking thank you both @RoseAylingEllis and @pernicegiovann1 it was mesmerising and such a special moment what you are doing rose is so inspirational ❤ xx’.

Reaction: Twitter was awash with emotion following the unforgettable routine

Reaction: Twitter was awash with emotion following the unforgettable routine

Elsewhere, tearful Rhys Stephenson received a perfect score for his routine with partner Nancy Xu, with Motsi declaring it the ‘best Charleston we have seen’.

The presenter, 28, and his professional partner, 30, performed the faultless routine to The Charleston by Bob Wilson and his Varsity Rhythm Boys.

The judges gave the performance glowing reviews before awarding him straight tens.

High score: Elsewhere, tearful Rhys Stephenson received a perfect score for his routine with partner Nancy Xu , with Motsi Mabuse declaring it the ‘best Charleston we have seen'

High score: Elsewhere, tearful Rhys Stephenson received a perfect score for his routine with partner Nancy Xu , with Motsi Mabuse declaring it the ‘best Charleston we have seen’

Motsi dubbed it the ‘best Charleston we have seen’, while Shirley gushed: ‘I have never ever seen a Charleston like that!’

Anton praised: ‘You absolutely smashed the place up, unbelievable!’ and Craig brought out his trademark three syllable ‘a-ma-zing.’    

Presenter AJ Odudu, 33 and Kai Widdrington danced the Pasodoble to Game Of Survival by Ruelle, a performance which didn’t wow the judges to the same extent as the previous week, where their Charleston topped the leaderboard with 39. 

Emotional: The presenter, 28, and his professional partner, 30, performed the faultless routine to The Charleston by Bob Wilson and his Varsity Rhythm Boys

Emotional: The presenter, 28, and his professional partner, 30, performed the faultless routine to The Charleston by Bob Wilson and his Varsity Rhythm Boys

Wow: The judges gave the performance glowing reviews before awarding him straight tens

Wow: The judges gave the performance glowing reviews before awarding him straight tens

Hard-to-impress Craig said: ‘You needed a stronger Spanish line. I was a little bit disappointed. I felt like you were less connected to one another.’

Providing some words of encouragement among the criticism was Motsi: ‘It was not a good dance for you, I felt the nerves today. I also know you’re a fighter.’ 

They scored 11 lower than the previous week, 28, placing them bottom of the leaderboard.

Performance: Presenter AJ Odudu, 33 and Kai Widdrington danced the Pasodoble to Game Of Survival by Ruelle, a performance which didn't wow the judges to the same extent as the previous week, where their Charleston topped the leaderboard with 39

Performance: Presenter AJ Odudu, 33 and Kai Widdrington danced the Pasodoble to Game Of Survival by Ruelle, a performance which didn’t wow the judges to the same extent as the previous week, where their Charleston topped the leaderboard with 39

Tilly Ramsey, 20 and her pro partner Nikita Kuzmin, 23, found themselves in the dance off last week but were keen to put that behind them when they performed the Quickstep to I Won’t Dance by Damita Jo. 

They scored 29, with the judges collectively agreeing there had been some improvements. 

Journalist Dan Walker scored his first 9 with Nadiya Bychkova, following their American Smooth to King Of The Road by The Proclaimers

‘I don’t get nines!’ he joked, ecstatic about the news. 

Moving on: Tilly Ramsey, 20 and her pro partner Nikita Kuzmin, 23, found themselves in the dance off last week but were keen to put that behind them when they performed the Quickstep to I Won't Dance by Damita Jo

Moving on: Tilly Ramsey, 20 and her pro partner Nikita Kuzmin, 23, found themselves in the dance off last week but were keen to put that behind them when they performed the Quickstep to I Won’t Dance by Damita Jo

Craig scored drastically lower, awarding him a 4. ‘It lacked any feeling. It wasn’t for me,’ he said, to which his fellow judges wholeheartedly disagreed.   

‘Give yourself some permission to enjoy it, you are representing the men who have never danced before!’ Shirley praised. 

Sara Davies’ Argentine Tango with Aljaž Škorjanec awarded her an impressive 30, while McFly star Tom Fletcher was praised for his improvements shown in his Viennese Waltz with Amy Dowden.

Elsewhere in Strictly news, it was reported on Saturday that Katya Jones threatened to quit her role on the show after landing in the dance off with partner Adam Peaty.

Progress: Journalist Dan Walker scored his first 9 with Nadiya Bychkova, following their American Smooth to King Of The Road by The Proclaimers

Progress: Journalist Dan Walker scored his first 9 with Nadiya Bychkova, following their American Smooth to King Of The Road by The Proclaimers

The professional dancer, 32, is believed to be convinced that the ‘public have it in for her’, after the dance couple were eliminated from the show last Sunday.

Katya is apparently disappointed that she hasn’t finished past the half way mark since she was crowned champion with Joe McFadden in 2017.

The Russian native is reportedly worried that the backlash from her kiss with partner Seann Walsh in 2018 is affecting her scoring with the public.  

Emotional: On Saturday, it was reported that Katya Jones threatened to quit her role on the show after landing in the dance off with partner Adam Peaty .

Emotional: On Saturday, it was reported that Katya Jones threatened to quit her role on the show after landing in the dance off with partner Adam Peaty .

Earlier on this week, Adam addressed claims that his mother made regarding Strictly Come Dancing being a ‘total fix.’

The Olympic swimmer, 26, was the latest celebrity to be voted off the glitzy dance competition, which resulted in his mum Caroline branding the show a ‘total fix.’

BBC Breakfast’s Charlie Stayt asked Adam during an interview on Thursday his thoughts of the remarks, to which he said: ‘Mums are always going to support their own. She wanted to see me every Saturday night, you know how mums get, bless her.’

Voicing opinions: Earlier on this week, Adam addressed claims that his mother made regarding Strictly Come Dancing being a 'total fix'

Voicing opinions: Earlier on this week, Adam addressed claims that his mother made regarding Strictly Come Dancing being a ‘total fix’

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