Rose & Giovanni's emotional Strictly dance last Saturday has been hailed as the television moment of the year – and a triumph for the deaf community.

Strictly viewers were moved to tears as Rose Ayling-Ellis, 26, and pro partner Giovanni Pernice danced in silence on Saturday night during their Couple's Choice routine, which scored 39 out of 40.

Now campaigners hope it could lead to greater equality for disabled people as well as better understanding of deafness.

Former Strictly contestant and Invictus Games medallist JJ Chalmers said EastEnders star Rose's dance would help "get us to where we want to be" with regards to attitudes around disability". Speaking yesterday, ex-Royal Marine JJ, 34, said: "We are making massive inroads to where we need to be in society and within broadcast, and that is wonderful. People like Rose will get us where we want to be."

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    Rose & Giovanni dance a ‘triumph for the deaf community’

    Rose & Giovanni’s emotional Strictly dance last Saturday has been hailed as the television moment of the year – and a triumph for the deaf community.

    Strictly viewers were moved to tears as Rose Ayling-Ellis, 26, and pro partner Giovanni Pernice danced in silence on Saturday night during their Couple’s Choice routine, which scored 39 out of 40.

    Now campaigners hope it could lead to greater equality for disabled people as well as better understanding of deafness.

    Former Strictly contestant and Invictus Games medallist JJ Chalmers said EastEnders star Rose’s dance would help “get us to where we want to be” with regards to attitudes around disability”. Speaking yesterday, ex-Royal Marine JJ, 34, said: “We are making massive inroads to where we need to be in society and within broadcast, and that is wonderful. People like Rose will get us where we want to be.”

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    More on Rose Ayling-Ellis’ boyfriend

    Rose has been dating her partner Samuel Arnold for several years.

    The soap star has tried to keep her personal life out of the public eye, but has sometimes taken to social media to share sweet snaps of her and her beloved boyfriend. 

    The two have been pictured enjoying travelling together, and in 2019 Rose shared sweet snaps from their holiday in Peru. 

    Rose and her boyfriend travelled in the Amazon together, and Rose shared an emotional post about the experience. 

    “Nature is so beautiful and powerful”, she wrote, “we need to try our best to protect this planet”. 

    Rose is passionate about the environment, and it seems her Samuel accompanies her on these impressive travels, is too. 

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    When does the Strictly live arena tour kick off?

    The Strictly Come Dancing tour features dates in Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Manchester and Sheffield.

    It will also stop off in Liverpool, Glasgow, Nottingham and London.

    It will take place in January and February next year, with the first dates kicking off at the Utilita Arena Birmingham on January 20.

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    Bruno Tonoli to rejoin judging panel for live arena tour

    The arena tour, which will be directed by Revel Horwood, will feature performances from some celebrities and professional dancers from the current series of the programme.

    The audience will then be able to vote for their favourite dance each night to decide who takes home the Live Tour Glitterball Trophy after each show.

    Revel Horwood is due to miss this weekend’s Strictly Come Dancing after testing positive for Covid-19 but will return to the programme the following week after his period of self-isolation ends.

    The tour will also see Tonioli resume judging duties after he had to pull out of the current series of the programme due to uncertainty around travel restrictions between the UK and the US, where he is based and is also a judge on American series Dancing With The Stars.

    He has been replaced on the judging panel in the current series by Strictly professional Anton Du Beke.

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    Janette Manrara to host Strictly live arena tour

    Strictly star Janette Manrara has been announced as the host of the 2022 Strictly Come Dancing live arena tour.

    The professional dancer, 38, will preside over 33 shows across the country in January and February next year and the tour will also see her reunited with tour judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli.

    She and husband Aljaz Skorjanec have both competed as professional dancers on the BBC One series with celebrities since 2013, but this year she hung up her dancing shoes to replace Zoe Ball as the host of It Takes Two.

    She said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be hosting the 2022 Strictly arena tour. It’s a dream come true.

    “It’s been two years since the last tour so the expectation and build-up has been huge. We’ve been desperate to return to venues around the UK and now we’re finally back.

    “The show is going to be bigger than ever – with lots of glitter, lots of sparkles, lots of excitement and lots of incredible dance routines.

    “And you never know… you might just see me taking to the dance floor myself – I can’t wait, I’ve really missed it.”

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    Tilly edges favouritism over Dan for next SCD exit

    TILLY AND NIKITA lead the betting with Ladbrokes to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing this weekend.

    After being unanimously saved in the dance-off against Sara, it’s now just an even money chance the student isn’t as lucky two weekends in a row and is axed by the judges.

    However, it’s only a 6/4 shot perennial low-scorer Dan leaves instead. Tom (6/1) and Rhys (8/1) follow next in the betting with AJ, John and Rose looking safe. 

    Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “Dan probably ought to have left the competition weeks ago going by the scores alone, but his loyal BBC Breakfast fan base are keeping him in the show and it looks like Tilly could fall by the wayside this weekend.”

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    Who are the judges for Strictly Come Dancing 2021?

    Shirley Ballas has returned as head judge for the 2021 series.

    Craig Revel Horwood has also taken up his role as judge – which he has been doing since the show’s inception in 2004.

    Motsi Mabuse has also returned for a third series.

    They are all joined by Anton Du Beke who replaces long running judge Bruno Tonioli.

    Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman have also returned to their duties as co-hosts.

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    ‘Please don’t shout’

    One fan accused Dan’s moves of being “wooden”, with one tweeting: “Even Dan Walker’s jazz hands are wooden!”

    A second agreed: “Dan the wooden man WTF?”

    Last night, Dan was forced to hit back at cruel trolls on Twitter, saying: “Please don’t shout at me. I’m having an amazing time, my kids are delighted & it’s only a TV show!

    “For those asking, I don’t know who is voting for us (probably not Craig) but we’re incredibly thankful to everyone who is. See you next week. Can’t wait.”

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    More fixing claims – this time for Tilly

    Strictly faces accusations the show is being fixed as contestants reportedly believe the BBC want Tilly Ramsay in the final so they can poach her dad Gordon.

    Some celebs are apparently convinced bosses want to get the fiery chef on side and think other pairs are being favoured to win by staff backstage.

    One source told MailOnline: “There’s a feeling that there’s some blatant favouritism going on here – that they are pushing Tilly to win, or at least get to the final, because they want to nick her dad.

    “Then you have the issue of the all-male couple, which is just the dream of certain people involved with the show for John and Johannes to pick up the glitterball. And as for AJ, she is adored.”

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    Strictly banned (continued)

    Tilly then shocked her co-stars when she revealed she’s not familiar with Michelin-star restaurants, despite her father having held three stars for his signature restaurant – Restaurant Gordon Ramsay – since 2001.

    “Three hats is Michelin star, no? she asked.

    “I’m not even allowed in my dad’s Michelin-star restaurants. I don’t know what to do.”

    Shocked by her comments, Nick quipped: “You’re not allowed?”

    “No, I’m not. I’ve been once,” Tilly revealed. 

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    Strictly banned

    Strictly’s Tilly Ramsay stunned Celebrity MasterChef stars after revealing that she’s “not allowed” in her father Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin-star restaurants.

    The Michelin star is considered to be the highest honour in the culinary world, with Gordon claiming 16 stars throughout his career, as well as currently holding seven.

    However, despite his overwhelming success within the dining industry, Tilly has revealed that she’s only eaten at one of her dad’s Michelin-star restaurants once.

    The 20-year-old made the shock revelation on Sunday evening’s episode of Celebrity MasterChef Australia.

    During the show, comedian Dilruk Jayasinha asked co-star Nick Riewoldt: “Me and Tilly have never been here. What type of food do they have?”

    “It’s fine dining, like, it’s a fun experience,” the former AFL star responded. 

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    Rose’s emotional performance

    Fans were in bits after Rose performed her emotional couple’s choice dance – which told the story of her life as a deaf person.

    “Rose & Giovani’s dance has pretty much broken me. May go off in a corner and cry for a bit,” one wrote on Twitter.

    “I am full on sobbing at Rose and Giovanni’s couple’s choice dance,” wrote a second as a third concluded: “Between sobbing I was screaming ‘kiss her’!”

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    Playing favourites?

    The BBC is accused of favouritism as its stars have won nearly half of all Strictlys.

    The 18 completed series have seen eight Beeb celebs coming out on top.

    That is 44 per cent — and includes mainstream presenters Stacey Dooley, Ore Oduba and Chris Hollins plus Holby City actor Tom Chambers.

    Two EastEnders actors — Jill Halfpenny in 2004 and Kara Tointon in 2010 — also scooped the title while no equivalent star of ITV’s Coronation Street has ever won.

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    AJ was robbed

    Fans were furious that AJ scored lower than Dan – insisting her performance deserved better scores.

    AJ was at the very bottom of the leaderboard below the likes of BBC Breakfast presenter Dan and Dragon’s Den star Sara.

    One wrote: “This is actually a joke that dan is getting bigged up more than AJ, what an absolute fix #Strictly.”

    A second said: “No way was that a 9!! Better than AJ? Rubbish! #fix #Strictly”

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    When is Strictly on next?

    Strictly continues on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 6.35pm.

    The results show will air the following day at 7.15pm on Sunday, November 21, 2021.

    You can also catch any missed episodes on the BBC iPlayer.

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    Talc-y mess

    Shirley Ballas stripped off after an awkward beauty blunder backstage.

    The head judge made her followers on Instagram laugh today after a bottle of talcum powder exploded over her.

    Shirley, 61, wore nothing but a towel and a pair of stilettos in a hilarious snap she posted on Instagram.

    She went to shake the powder over her body, but the the lid slipped off.

    The Queen of Latin wrote over her photo: “Made a mess with the talcum powder. Love the smell. The top came off. Lol. Oh dear.”

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    Down with Strictly spoilers!

    Strictly fans were once again left upset as the results were leaked, leaving two celebrity couples in danger of leaving the show once and for all.

    The unlucky celebrities, who The Sun Online chose not to name, already had their names circulating on social media just hours after the main show.

    The couples taking part in the dreaded dance off, as well as the final result, were shared using the hashtag “Strictly Spoiler” after Saturday’s episode.

    “The #StrictlySpoiler tonight is RIDICULOUS if it’s true,” one fan fumed, as a second chimed in: “I really don’t like the #StrictlySpoiler tonight.”

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    Recap: What did the other judges say about Sara and Aljaz?

    Motsi Mabuse added: “Judging on this dance off, I have to say there were three factors that decided it for me; there were details, the nerves and a very strong competitor so I am saving Tilly and Nikita.”

    Anton du Beke agreed saying this was the year to avoid Strictly as “the standard was so high”.

    He said: “‘Based on this dance off and this dance off alone, which was so strong, I’m just going to give the edge to Tilly and Nikita.”

    And Shirley Ballas backed up the decision by her fellow judges.

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    Recap: Who was in the dance-off this week?

    Sara and Aljaz were given their marching orders after a tense dance-off against Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin.

    The judges voted unanimously for Tilly and Nikita to stay in after their performance.

    Judge Craig Revel Horwood said: “This is a really difficult decision because I gave both couples on Saturday night a seven.

    “So very, very equal, which made the decision even more difficult.

    “But I think for me, the couple that stood out a little bit more and had the edge: Tilly and Nikita.”

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    Recap: Who left Strictly this week?

    Sara Davies has become the latest star to be axed from Strictly.

    The Dragons’ Den star is the seventh celebrity to be booted out of this year’s competition.

    She failed to win over the judges with her Argentine tango to No More Tears by Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand.

    After the decision on Sunday, November 14, Davies said: “I had no idea any of this was in me.

    “It’s been a life-changing experience, one I’ve loved every second of.”

    Her pro dance partner Aljaz Skorjanec said: “You have been an absolute joy and a testament to hard work – not just on Strictly but with your business and you’re a beautiful mother.”

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    Dan begs trolls ‘not to shout’ after he survives ANOTHER week

    Strictly’s Dan Walker told fans “don’t shout at me” after surviving another week in the competition.

    It comes after Sara Davies was kicked off the BBC One show on Sunday night.

    The presenter was brutally awarded just four points by Craig Revel Horwood on Saturday night for his rendition of the American Smooth.

    So viewers have been scratching their heads over the fact that Dan and dance partner Nadiya Bychkova narrowly dodged the dance off yet again.

    Dan decided to take to Twitter to stand up for himself.

    He told his 729.4k followers: “Please don’t shout at me.

    “I’m having an amazing time, my kids are delighted & it’s only a TV show! For those asking, I don’t know who is voting for us (probably not Craig) but we’re incredibly thankful to everyone who is.

    “See you next week. Can’t wait.”

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    Winter of discontent

    Did you hear Oti and Aljaz were thinking of leaving Strictly?

    Oti, 31, is the show’s most successful pro having won twice, with Kelvin Fletcher and Bill Bailey.

    Aljaz, 31, won with Abbey Clancy in 2013 and is the longest-serving male professional still competing.

    It is thought the pair have not yet told the BBC.

    Katya Jones, 32, has also reportedly threatened to quit and an insider said: “Bosses will worry other stars could follow.”

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    The moment of tooth

    Rylan Clark shocked fans today as he revealed he has ditched his famously bright white teeth.

    The 33-year-old – who often jokes about his eye-catching gnashers – said he was saying goodbye to them after nearly a decade.

    Writing on Twitter today, the It Takes Two host said: “After 8 years. It hurts, so much, but sometimes you just have to let go.

    “I’ve taken the decision to say goodbye… to my teeth 😂 new smile imminent.”

    This Morning star Alison Hammond characterised much of the reaction, replying with a horrified: “Nooooooooooooo 😂.”

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    Who is left to fight for the Glitterball?

    The celebrities taking part in Strictly are:

    • Robert Webb – WITHDREW
    • AJ Odudu
    • Tom Fletcher
    • Nina Wadia – ELIMINATED
    • Greg Wise – ELIMINATED
    • Tilly Ramsay
    • Judi Love – ELIMINATED
    • Adam Peaty – ELIMINATED
    • Dan Walker
    • Katie McGlynn – ELIMINATED
    • John Whaite
    • Rose Ayling-Ellis – THE FAVOURITE
    • Rhys Stephenson
    • Sara Davies – ELIMINATED
    • Ugo Monye – ELIMINATED

    Listen up!

    Dame Evelyn Glennie, an award-winning solo percussionist, profoundly deaf since 12, says: “THE exquisite performances by Rose and Giovanni have captivated the nation.

    “Not least because we are grappling with how a deaf person can dance and “hear” the music.They are showing how listening is not a medical condition but an activity that we decide to engage with.

    “Hearing can be measured but listening cannot. Chemistry between people is built on listening, not to sound but to the presence of another and the acoustics.This was highlighted by the “silence” in their routine.

    “That was the loudest, most deeply weighted part. Our eyes became our ears, our listening emotion became the resonance.Rose and Giovanni are giving us a lesson in listening. The world needs it.”

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