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Strictly Come Dancing star Rose Ayling-Ellis shares an insight into how she learned her complicated routine after being lauded as the show’s first deaf contestant.
The 27-year-old actress revealed that she really finds the vibrations brought on by the music to be distracting, and so instead focuses only on her dance partner, Giovanni Pernis.
rose told Radio Times: ‘Some deaf people do, some don’t. But there are many things running through my mind.
Surprise: Strictly Come Dancing star Rose Ayling-Ellis shares an insight into how she learns her complicated routine after being praised as the show’s first deaf contestant
‘If I start thinking about the vibrations, I’ll forget about my dancing. What works best for me is to keep it simple. So I look at Giovanni and I count – a lot.’
Giovanni said fans are telling him he is a “different person” on social media, having been a cast member of the show for seven years.
He described Rose as someone he could talk to, who listens and gives them the positivity, which he said was needed.
The Talented: The 27-year-old actress is the first deaf contestant on the BBC show and was previously believed to use the method as a sign when it comes to her footwork.
After the on-screen pairing revealed that they had both asked producers to partner with each other, Rose said that Giovanni’s track record of being in the finals gave him hope to win the coveted Glitterball Trophy.
In terms of changing his coaching style for Rose, Giovanni said: ‘It has completely changed the way I teach and the way I create choreography. This is a different world.
‘You know, the first week was a little off’ [more] difficult from now on. Now, I know exactly what to do. I am very proud of what we both have done this year.
Interesting: He explained how people with disabilities have different ways of staying on track with their dance partners, counting them
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He said that he learned from Rose that he could be positive and happy every day because of his great attitude, even with tough dances.
Whatever is going on in his own life, he feels that he can relax and spend his time with her as soon as he comes to the studio.
Rose – who said she enjoys rehearsing for shows – arrives at the studio around 8 a.m. on a typical Saturday.
It comes weeks after Rose and Giovanni wowed audiences on Saturday by performing a surprise segment not to any music.
Things took an intriguing turn during the episode as deaf contestants Rose and Giovanni incorporate a ‘silent moment’ into their routine.
The double-act showcased the duet’s choice for a symphony by Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson, before emotional Anton du Beke, 55, dubbed the moment ‘the greatest thing the show has ever seen’.
Make-up designer, Lisa Armstrong, gave an insight into what happened behind the scenes: It’s not really possible to plan too far ahead because we don’t know who will be left in each show, so we’ll have to work on it for weeks- on a weekly basis.
‘All the preparation and makeup design is done during the week, and Saturdays give us a chance to really show off for the first time.’
The chief cameraman, Lincoln Abraham, said: ‘A minute before I went live, I would panic if I thought about how many people were watching at home.
‘I just have to go, “Okay, Tess’s gonna walk down there, so you need to take that shot…”‘
Insightful: ‘If I start thinking about vibrato, I’ll forget about my dance. What works best for me is to keep it simple. So I’m Giovanni. I see [Pernice] And I count – a lot’