Strictly Come Dancing victors Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice finally reunited after winning the BBC show in a swanky restaurant.
The EastEnders star soared to victory in the show in December last year after winning over viewers with passionate and emotional routines.
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In one routine, she and her professional partner brought fans to tears with a performance that included 10 seconds of silence in honour of Rose being the first deaf contestant in Strictly’s 17-year history.
(Image: Giovanni Pernice/Instagram)
The pair were posted snaps from their reunion in a Fulham restaurant to Instagram, hilariously pretending that the encounter was awkward, Birmingham Live reports.
Rose posed with her arms folded as though she didn’t like Giovanni because she’s a joker like that.
“Nice catch-up,” the dancer jovially captioned the clip.
To avoid panicking concerned Strictly fans, he then shared a clip of Rose looking much happier as she was about to tuck into her meal and said: “Happy days, food!”
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Rose has said the Italian dancer is her “best friend for life” after spending weeks rehearsing and performing together.
The actor said she can’t wait for what 2022 holds after inspiring millions on the BBC show.
Writing on Instagram, she said: “Stay afraid but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually, the confidence will follow.
“That definitely what 2021 did for me, the year of growth, discovery and surprises.
“I cannot wait to see what 2022 will bring.”
The star will be embarking on the Strictly Come Dancing live tour with the help of a sign language interpreter.
Producers Strictly Theatre Co announced BSL signed performances for Giovanni’s This Is Me 2022 tour on Instagram.
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