Strictly Come Dancing winners Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice have won a BAFTA TV Award for their superb silent dance on Strictly Come Dancing. The couple, who lifted the Glitterball trophy in 2021 after a series of wonderful performances on the show, received the award for the highlight of the year at the annual awards show.
EastEnders actress Rose, 27, was the first deaf contestant to appear on Strictly alongside partner Giovanni. The BAFTA-winning performance saw them dance an enchanting silent routine to the song Symphony by Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson.
Midway through the performance, the music abruptly stopped as they continued to dance, giving viewers a taste of what it was like to dance for Rose without being able to hear the music. Appearing on stage on Sunday to receive the award, Rose said: “It’s a very special moment for us because hopefully it showed how powerful television can be, where it’s really brought about change. It even helped the BSL (British Sign Language) law be passed recently.
“It made people more supportive of sign language, and just more deaf awareness and more positivity towards people. We still have a long way to go, but it’s such a good start. are so, so, so proud.” Giovanni added, “When we first thought about the idea of putting silence in the dance, we knew it was going to have an impact, but it went further than what we thought.”
When they first performed the dance on the show last year, viewers were left in tears, and Giovanni said the silent dance with Rose is a routine that will forever be in his heart. Posting a photo of them together last year, Giovanni said, “A moment that will forever be in my heart️. You truly are a MODEL.”
After winning the show in December, Giovanni said it was “incredible” to lift the Glitter Ball trophy with his incredible partner. He said, “I have to say thank you to this beautiful young lady who made all my dreams come true.”
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