Strictly Come Dancing professional Giovanni Pernice has revealed he keeps an adorable snap of his former BBC show dance partner Rose Ayling-Ellis.
The duo swiftly became one of the competition’s most electrifying pairings ever and it was apparent early on they would go all the way to the final and win the Glitterball trophy.
But, there were also some truly iconic moments between the dance partnership on the show – and they achieved some incredible series firsts, too.
Proving that the six months he and EastEnders actress Rose, 27, were some of the most life changing he’d ever had, Sicilian dancer Giovanni, 31, even keeps a special snapshot of the Couples Choice dance they performed in his home.
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The moment is lauded as the most stand-out from Strictly’s 2021 series, as Rose found a way to honour her identity and the deaf community with a silent section of their performance.
The couple danced to Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson’s Symphony, which saw Rose donning a flowing silk dress and performing a contemporary dance with her pro.
Midway through the song, the music suddenly cut out and Rose and Giovanni continued to dance across the ballroom floor in silence.
Not only a poignant scene on the BBC series, the performance also had audiences in tears and helped propel the couple to win every single Strictly Come Dancing tour show, too.
Posting an image of a set of shelves in the corner of his home on Instagram, Giovanni showed off a framed picture of a moment from the breath-taking dance featuring the quote: “One moment of silence can help a community feel heard. This is our BBC.”
Alongside it, there was a clock in the shape of the word love, and on the shelf below, the star kept his Strictly Come Dancing winner’s trophy in pride of place, too.
He also had a selection of candles, books and other prints on display.
Following the end of the tour and Rose and Giovanni’s journey for good, the Italian dancer gushed over his partner in an adorable post, where he called the actress an “eternal” friend.
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He shared: “SCD champion [tick] SCD live tour champion [tick]. The end of our @bbcstrictly journey but the beginning of an eternal friendship!!
“I love you @rose.a.e. THANK YOU for the best 6 months of my life!”
Rose also opened up on their experience together and said it was the “best decision” she’d ever made to sign up for the series.
“Six months ago, I didn’t have a clue what I signed up for and to be honest I was terrified,” she explained. “Now, I know for sure that it was the best decision I have ever made, what a crazy ride and life-changing experience it has been.
“@giovannipernice, I am so grateful that you were part of my Strictly journey. Thank you for telling my story and showing everyone who I am. Our friendship is so special and lasting for sure,” the star added.
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