Strictly's Giovanni 'has really changed' since meeting Rose as she's 'not taken in by his charms'

A friend of Giovanni's has revealed how much Rose has changed Giovanni for the better

Giovanni and Rose Ayling-Ellis
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Giovanni and Rose's relationship is once again being scrutinized as a source close to the professional dancer has revealed how influential the actress has been on the dancer's life.

Giovanni and Rose are one of the most popular Strictly couples on the show and are one of the fan favorites to win the  Strictly final which is set to take place next month.

Rose and Giovanni's Strictly chemistry is one of the key reasons that fans think that the pair could be victims of the Strictly curse, and why their performances are so filled with passion and therefore topping the leaderboard. 

Although Giovanni began the show with a girlfriend, Love Island star Maura Higgins, and Rose is still with her long-term boyfriend Samuel Arnold of seven years, an inside source has revealed how close the pair have become over the past few months, and how much Rose has 'changed' Giovanni for the better.

Strictly Come Dancing

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A source told Heat magazine, "Giovanni has really changed since meeting Rose, and for the better. He's seen the obstacles Rose has had to face in life and he's just in awe of her."

"The source continued to reveal that Giovanni is particularly impressed by the actress as Rose isn't charmed by him like some of the other people in his life."

"She's one of the first women who he's met who's not taken in by his charms, and she isn't afraid to challenge him or take the p**s out of him, which he loves," the source said.

Rose, who plays Frankie in EastEnders, is constantly featured on Giovanni's social media channels and the pair have seemingly developed a real friendship over the past few months. Giovanni has even been learning sign language and the pair made a joint plea to the NHS after Rose's hearing aid broke in rehearsal.

Giovanni praised Rose in a sweet post about her contribution to the deaf community and proudly said on Instagram that he was, "grateful, honored and privileged to be your [Rose's] Strictly partner."

Although the competition is continuing to get more challenging every week, a major change to this week's Strictly could mean Dan Walker is safe again

Despite this, fans are hopeful that their favorites Rose and Giovanni will be in with a chance of winning as the final seven couples prepare to compete on Saturday night.

Strictly will continue on Saturday, November 20, at 6.35 pm and the results will be shown on Sunday, November 21 at 7.15 pm.

Laura Harman
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