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Rose Ayling-Ellis heaps praise on Strictly Come Dancing partner Giovanni Pernice after show triumph

Rose Ayling-Ellis has paid tribute to her Strictly Come Dancing professional partner Giovanni Pernice after the pair triumphed on the show on Saturday evening.

The actress, 27, took to Instagram on Sunday to share pictures of herself with the twinkle-toed star, calling him ‘the most wonderful human ever’.

EastEnders cast member Rose also thanked her team of sign language interpreters and BBC staff for making sure everything was ‘accessible’ to her during her time on the series so she could focus on her dancing.

Heartfelt: Rose Ayling-Ellis, 27, paid tribute to her Strictly Come Dancing professional partner Giovanni Pernice, 31, on Sunday after the pair triumphed on the show on Saturday evening

Heartfelt: Rose Ayling-Ellis, 27, paid tribute to her Strictly Come Dancing professional partner Giovanni Pernice, 31, on Sunday after the pair triumphed on the show on Saturday evening

Sharing some behind-the-scenes pictures of herself with Giovanni, 31, Rose wrote: ‘I’m dedicating this post to the most wonderful human ever, Giovanni. 

‘The person who was there everyday with me for four months, who knows truly what this journey has been for me, the reason why I have become confident within myself. 

‘He came into my world and brought the best out of me. I cannot thank him enough for all the work and effort to make me become the dancer that I am today. 

Best pals: The actress took to Instagram on Sunday to share pictures of herself with the twinkle-toed star, calling him 'the most wonderful human ever'

Best pals: The actress took to Instagram on Sunday to share pictures of herself with the twinkle-toed star, calling him ‘the most wonderful human ever’

‘Winning the Glitterball is the best gift I could ever give to Giovanni because he really deserves it. I am beyond proud of us. 

‘I never thought I would leave Strictly with a best friend for life, thank you Gio.’

The screen star went on to thank the people who are not seen on screen during the show, saying she was always put first by the ‘beautiful group of women’ who ensured she did not have to worry about communicating with other people. 

Twinkle-toed stars: Sharing some behind-the-scenes pictures of herself with Giovanni, 31, Rose wrote: 'I'm dedicating this post to the most wonderful human ever, Giovanni'

Twinkle-toed stars: Sharing some behind-the-scenes pictures of herself with Giovanni, 31, Rose wrote: ‘I’m dedicating this post to the most wonderful human ever, Giovanni’

Grateful: 'The person who was there everyday with me for four months, who knows truly what this journey has been for me, the reason why I have become confident within myself'

Grateful: ‘The person who was there everyday with me for four months, who knows truly what this journey has been for me, the reason why I have become confident within myself’

Champion: 'He came into my world and brought the best out of me. I cannot thank him enough for all the work and effort to make me become the dancer that I am today'

Champion: ‘He came into my world and brought the best out of me. I cannot thank him enough for all the work and effort to make me become the dancer that I am today’

Thankful: EastEnders star Rose also thanked her team of sign language interpreters and BBC staff for making it easier for her to concentrate on her dancing during her time on the series

Thankful: EastEnders star Rose also thanked her team of sign language interpreters and BBC staff for making it easier for her to concentrate on her dancing during her time on the series

‘This post is for the Strictly team behind the scenes,’ she wrote.

‘Thank you so much for having me on the show in the first place! Thank you for making sure that everything was accessible for me so that I could focus on my dancing and my strictly journey without worrying about how I would communicate. 

‘I felt that I could 100% be myself because of this and for that I am eternally grateful.

She shared: 'Thank you so much for having me on the show in the first place! Thank you for making sure that everything was accessible for me so that I could focus on my dancing'

She shared: ‘Thank you so much for having me on the show in the first place! Thank you for making sure that everything was accessible for me so that I could focus on my dancing’

Top class: Rose was impressed by the 'creative' Strictly staff, while she said her interpreters made the experience easier for her

Top class: Rose was impressed by the ‘creative’ Strictly staff, while she said her interpreters made the experience easier for her

Comfortable: Rose wrote: 'I felt that I could 100% be myself because of this and for that I am eternally grateful'

Comfortable: Rose wrote: ‘I felt that I could 100% be myself because of this and for that I am eternally grateful’

‘Thank you to my team of interpreters who always put me first and made sure I understood everything at all times, they are such a beautiful group of women!’

‘Every person on Strictly works so hard to bring the show together and they are THE most creative people – costume, hair and makeup, choreography, props – every single individual gives it everything and I am in awe of how you managed it!

‘I am truly going to miss it a lot. Thank you.’

Champions: Rose and Giovanni were crowned the winners of Strictly on Saturday night after competing against John Whaite, 32, and Johannes Radebe, 34, in the final

Champions: Rose and Giovanni were crowned the winners of Strictly on Saturday night after competing against John Whaite, 32, and Johannes Radebe, 34, in the final

Rose and Giovanni lifted the glitterball as she was crowned winner of Strictly after competing against John Whaite, 32, and Johannes Radebe, 34, in the most diverse final in the show’s 17-year history.

For the first time, just two finalists went head-to-head on Saturday night after AJ Odudu was forced to pull out of the competition a day prior due to an ankle injury that left the heartbroken presenter, 33, in crutches.

The nail-biting end to the 2021 series was down to the viewers’ vote after both Rose and John, who formed the first ever male sex partnership with Johannes, tied on the leaderboard with the judges praising both for the ‘groundbreaking’ roles they played in the competition.

Gracious runner-up: The nail-biting end to the 2021 series came after the judges praised both for the 'groundbreaking' roles they have played in the competition

Gracious runner-up: The nail-biting end to the 2021 series came after the judges praised both for the ‘groundbreaking’ roles they have played in the competition

As her name was unveiled as the winner of Strictly 2021, Rose said to Giovanni: ‘I just want to say you are so amazing. You pushed me to believe in myself more than I believe in myself. You are an incredible teacher, but not just that you are a wonderful friend.  

‘We’ve gone through a lot, and I just want you to know no matter what happens, no matter how busy we get, I want to you to know you’ve always got a piece of my heart. You really do.’

A teary-eyed Giovanni also revelled in their success on the BBC show as he scored his first win since he joined Strictly seven years ago, while Rose’s boyfriend Samuel Arnold watched proudly from the audience.   

He said to Rose: ‘I have to say thank you to this beautiful young lady that made all my dreams come true. It took me seven years to get that thing. 

‘You became the best, best dancer, the best teammate I could ask for. You are a dream, Rose, you really are a dream. So, thank you for everything.’

In tears: For the first time, just two finalists competed after AJ Odudu was forced to pull out of the competition on Friday, due to an ankle injury which left the presenter in crutches

In tears: For the first time, just two finalists competed after AJ Odudu was forced to pull out of the competition on Friday, due to an ankle injury which left the presenter in crutches

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