Strictly speaking first deaf contestant moved fans to tears with her exquisite dance.
And now, Rose Ayling-Ellis has revealed that the secret to her success with dance partner Giovanni Pernice is partly due to his Italian mannerisms.
The 26-year-old EastEnders actress, who is deeply deaf, said his “expressive” and “direct” approach makes it easy to communicate with him directly, rather than through an interpreter.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail, Miss Ayling-Ellis said: “The reason I wanted to… [Giovanni] is because in deaf culture we all know that Italians are the most expressive people… they are very open and very direct.
Rose Ayling-Ellis, 26, has wowed viewers with her brilliant performances on Strictly Come Dancing this year
The young EastEnders actress is the first deaf participant and has moved fans to tears with her exquisite dance
“That’s what I wanted and I think it works really well because people in deaf culture are very blunt, so he tells me directly what it is instead of chatting, or trying to talk things out politely.
“He says, ‘This is wrong, do it better’ and then it’s easier for me to do it right because it’s clearer for me to understand him.” She added: “You know some people are, ‘Oh deaf person, I’m going to have to be very careful and delicate around them. [as] they’re so vulnerable’, but he’s not like that, he’s strict.’
Pernice, who joined Strictly in 2015, said he does not give Miss Ayling-Ellis any special treatment. He said, ‘It’s just a normal person who can’t hear, not unlike anyone else or any other person.
‘I’m here to teach her to dance, [Rose is] here to learn to dance and that’s the point of the show, it doesn’t matter if you’re deaf, if you’re blind or something like that.’
Pernice, 31, said he had never met a deaf person before Miss Ayling-Ellis but said she was the ‘partner I wanted from the start’
Rose Ayling-Ellis, Giovanni Pernice at BBC One’s 2021 Strictly Come Dancing. The 26-year-old EastEnders actress, who is profoundly deaf, said her dance partner’s ‘expressive’ and ‘direct’ approach makes it easy to interact directly with him. to communicate. instead of through an interpreter
The pair has grown stronger each week, finishing third last week with 36 points for their Titanic-inspired foxtrot
In the second episode of the show, Miss Ayling-Ellis and Pernice chose tropical outfits to amaze the judges
The duo arrived separately at the Strictly It Takes Two studio earlier this week. Pernice, who joined Strictly in 2015, said he does not give Miss Ayling-Ellis any special treatment. He said, ‘It’s just a normal person who can’t hear, not unlike anyone else or any other person’
Pernice, 31, said he had never met a deaf person before Miss Ayling-Ellis, but said she was the “partner I wanted from the start.” He said, “Having a deaf person on the show is making history. It’s a challenge, I’m not going to lie, something else, hard to do, but since I’ve been on the show for so long, I wanted a challenge. I want something different.
“Of course I didn’t choose to work with her, but I went into production and said I’d love to do it, and then they gave me the chance to do it.”
The pair has grown stronger each week, finishing third with 36 points last week for their Titanic-inspired foxtrot.
The actress previously said she can pick up the beat and some of the music using a hearing aid. She also said she can feel the vibrations that resonate through the Strictly dance floor, and stay on time by counting and watching her partner.
During training sessions, Pernice said he squeezes her hand to remind her to get the correct posture, but they decided not to do this during live shows because they didn’t want viewers to see it. And to make sure he can communicate well with his partner, Pernice has learned “many” English sign language words including “again,” “terrible,” “judges” and “costumes.”
When he moved to the UK, he compared learning sign language to learning English. “When I came to this country, I didn’t speak English, and I knew this was going to be a big thing, I need to learn English.
‘[It was] same with Rose… if you need something, you learn it, it’s normal.’
Miss Ayling-Ellis, who last year became the first deaf actress to play a deaf character in EastEnders, said she hopes she will spread awareness on Strictly and emphasize the importance of representation on TV.
She said she has received “so many messages” from young children saying that watching her on the dance floor “shows us that we can do whatever we want.”
Miss Ayling-Ellis and Pernice will perform the cha cha cha tomorrow night when Strictly returns to BBC1 at 7:10pm.