Rose Ayling-Ellis says world would be great if more people were like Giovanni Pernice

Strictly: Giovanni says ‘I love you’ to Rose Ayling-Ellis

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Rose and Giovanni are predicted to reach the Strictly Come Dancing final after delighting fans with their dances each week. Rose, 27, is the first deaf contestant to take part in the show and has made it her mission to represent the deaf community.

Rose, who has been deaf since birth, cannot hear the music or Giovanni.

Therefore, he had to adapt his teaching style using gestures and counting.

Rose and Giovanni discussed their Strictly journey in an interview with The Sunday Times today.

She expressed her gratitude to her dance partner for adapting his teaching to her and sweetly said: “If there were more people like Giovanni, the world would be great,”

Opening up about how he teaches Rose a routine, Giovanni said: “I have to make steps that are more visible for her when I explain what to do.

“I can’t really play with changes of rhythm because that is difficult for us.”

Rose added: “When we first started and I did solos I felt completely on my own.

“Now, even when I am doing a solo – like the bit with the fan at the beginning of the Paso Doble last week – out of the corner of my eye I can see Giovanni, giving me the timing.”

Rose keeps up with the rhythm of the routine by counting, but this can be extremely difficult because the count “in [her] head goes faster than the one in [her] body”.

Giovanni continued: “I give her the count, and she has to memorise the rhythm of it.

“If you go out just a little bit, then you are out of the music. And it’s not like you are counting in eights. The waltz is one, two, three.

“The cha-cha is one, two, cha cha cha. Every week is different. That’s why she is working three times harder than anyone else. Including me.”

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Rose and Giovanni are this year’s favourites to lift the Glitterball trophy in two weeks time, according to bookies.

Last night, they topped the leaderboard once again with an American Smooth to This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) by Natalie Cole.

After receiving comments from the judges, the pair headed to speak with host Claudia Winkleman about their performance.

When the presenter said the actress must “really trust” Giovanni to perform some of the lifts they do, she said: “I don’t really have a choice.

“No, I do trust him. Our friendship is really, really good and I trust you,” she said to Giovanni, to which he turned around and replied: “I love you.”

The professional dancer took his partner in his arms as she explained he catches her “every time” when they do a lift or she falls.

Rose and Giovanni were given a total score of 39 out of a possible 40.

You can watch the Strictly Come Dancing results show tonight at 7.20pm on BBC One.

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