Rose Ayling-Ellis sets record straight on how she felt music after Strictly victory

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Strictly Come Dancing star Rose Ayling-Ellis is the show’s first ever deaf contestant, who went on to win the hearts of the nation with her impressive efforts on the dance floor. Alongside Giovanni Pernice, she won the Glitterball trophy following an intense final against John Whaite and Johannes Radebe.

During her time on the show, it was a reported that she managed to stay in time with the music with the help of vibrations.

However in a new interview, the EastEnders star revealed it was more complicated than that.

Rose said she didn’t feel the vibrations, but instead counted each step in her head by memory.

“If I had to start thinking about vibration, it would distract,” she clarified in an interview with The Guardian.

The EastEnders actress went on to say there was a big difference in the sound between the live band performing and pre-recorded music in rehearsals.

She added she could hear some aspects of the music in her hearing aid via bluetooth.

Rose has credited her dance partner for his support and patience throughout their successful journey.

“He really supports every single step – and I mean every single step,” she spilled.

“Even when I’m doing stuff on my own he, off-camera, is giving me timing.”

The actress gave viewers an emotional insight into her world during the pair’s couples’ choice routine earlier this month.

Midway through the performance, the duo danced for 10 seconds in complete silence.

The touching moment was praised by viewers as well as judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Anton du Beke.

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Giovanni recently revealed how he found those 10 seconds difficult to adjust to.

He said on This Morning: “Those 10 seconds you have to think about your steps, you have to keep on the beat, so I was like, ‘Now I understand what she has been doing for eight weeks’.

“Those 10 seconds were just powerful, it was just very, very, very good.”

As well as winning the show, Rose said she was happy to be credited for the rise in people learning sign language.

Russell Fowler, director of website BSL Courses, said enrolments rocketed by more than 2,000 per cent since she appeared on the show and inspired others. 

On making a difference, she added: “It’s 2021, and, finally, they’ve got something like that. It’s really good that it’s happening – but why has it taken this long?

“I didn’t have that growing up, and a lot of deaf people didn’t have that.

“So it’s really nice that we’ve got somebody out there.”

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