STRICTLY's Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice shared an inspiring message on This Morning today – as fans hoped the pair would win the glitterball trophy.
The duo melted hearts on the lunchtime show as they reflected on the impact of having Rose – who is deaf – taking part in the BBC dance competition.
EastEnders actress Rose, 27, told presenters Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary: "It's society that makes it difficult being deaf …
"My mum – when she found out I was deaf, she felt so alone. She felt she had no idea about deaf culture and deaf community.
"It’s society that makes it difficult being deaf…. there’s nothing wrong with being deaf, I have no problem with it."
Italian dancer Giovanni, 31 added that Rose is "100% the best dance partner" on the show.
He continued: "I'm a professional dancer, I've been doing it for 23 years.
"Even 10 seconds of silence was so hard because in that 10 seconds, you have to think about your steps and you have to think about keeping the beat – and I was like, 'Now I understand what she goes through.'"
The choreographer added: "She’s working harder than anyone else – even more than me sometimes.
"She is working harder than anyone else – even more than me sometimes."
He added the "door will open" for other deaf people since having a role model like Rose on the show.
Viewers reacted to their interview in droves, with people insisting the pair had to win Strictly.
One remarked on Twitter: "If Rose and Giovanni don’t win it’ll be the worst ending to 2021 #thismorning"
Another said: "Really want Rose & Gio to win, they’re phenomenal #thismorning"
One more shared: "If Rose and Giovanni don’t win Strictly I’m going to kick the telly in"
Rose previously explained how she is able to pick up the beat of the music, so that she can dance in time to the music on Strictly.
The actress told BBC News: “It is a common misconception that deaf people can’t enjoy music.
“I have a hearing aid, so I pick up some of the music and I can hear the beat. I can hear someone singing, but I can’t identify exact words. I also feel the vibrations.”
This means the vibrations from the live band can be felt through the large dancefloor at the show’s Elstree studios.
Head judge Shirley Ballas also said the audience are forbidden from making noise while the dances are on so Rose can concentrate on the beat.
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