The dance was one of the most beautiful moments ever on Strictly (Picture: Guy Levy/BBC/PA)
Strictly Come Dancing star Rose Ayling-Ellis has revealed the poignant silent moment in her dance with Giovanni Pernice that moved the nation ‘changed her life’, while speaking ahead of the 2021 final.
In week eight of the competition, the pair performed their Couple’s Choice, a joyful dance that celebrated the Deaf community.
Midway through the routine, the song went silent, sparking tears among viewers as they watched the couple continue to dance beautifully without music.
During a press conference attended by Metro.co.uk and other media, Rose and Giovanni opened up about the impact of that moment, which they are going to recreate for one of their performances in the final.
The professional dancer said that considering it was ‘such a big moment, it would be weird for us not to do it again’.
‘Obviously the silent moment was so powerful, and because this got so much attention. Rose keeps saying the dance changed her life and lots of people’s lives, so it’s just fair to do it again and I think it’s the right thing to do,’ he said.
‘It changed my life, yeah,’ Rose added, as they spoke to It Takes Two presenter Rylan Clark.
Rose will be going up against AJ and John in the final (Picture: Guy Levy/BBC/PA)
While looking back on their time on the series, Rose expressed how much it meant that Strictly ‘listened to everything that she needed’ for access on set so that she could be ‘completely herself’.
The EastEnders actor praised her partner as a ‘fantastic teacher’, while he dubbed her a ‘fantastic friend for life’.
‘I might be the dance teacher, but for me, the highlight has been spending every single day in the studio with Rose,’ he stated.
On Saturday, each of the finalists are set to perform three dances – one previous routine of their own choice, a second selected by the judges and a spectacular showdance.
So what does Rose and Giovanni’s showdance have in store?
The pair have delivered some show-stopping performances throughout the competition (Picture: Guy Levy/BBC/PA)
‘Our showdance is a celebration of me and Rose, our relationship together in the sense of, we found this beautiful friendship and that’s what we want to celebrate on Saturday night,’ Giovanni teased.
‘Saturday has to be a celebration. We’re in the final, we made it all the way, then que sera, sera.’
The final of Strictly has been shrouded in uncertainty following AJ Odudu’s foot injury, which has required her to use crutches to walk this week after she suffered ligament damage.
However, presenter Tess Daly said on This Morning that the TV presenter had received treatment, expressing the hope that she would return to training on Thursday afternoon with her partner Kai Widdrington.
John Whaite and Johannes Radebe join the other pairs in the final, with one of their dances being their epic homage to Pirates of the Caribbean.
The Strictly Come Dancing final airs at 7pm on Saturday on BBC One.