Strictly’s Giovanni Pernice says he'd be ‘jealous’ if anyone else was with Rose Ayling-Ellis

Strictly’s Giovanni Pernice says he would have been ‘jealous’ if anyone else was paired with his dancing partner Rose Ayling-Ellis

Rose and Giovanni Strictly
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Strictly’s Giovanni Pernice has admitted that he would have totally been ‘jealous’ if anyone else was paired with his beloved dancing partner Rose Ayling-Ellis. 

The couple's relationship has been a source of much chitchat throughout the season and it's likely the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 finalists will keep fans talking long after the Strictly 2021 final!

The happy duo appeared on the Strictly after show, It Takes Two, where they chatted about their upcoming fight to take home the glitterball trophy. 

While discussing their experience training and getting to know each other, Giovanni opened up about the unique training methods that they developed to help Rose learn the routines to perfectly match the music, despite her deafness.


He explained, "I think at first obviously it was different because we have never done anything like this before, so I realized that I have to change and adapt my way of teaching."

"Only with the help of Rose we managed to find this way that worked for both of us," he continued. "So we ended up both understanding what was good for us."

Discussing how much he has loved being partnered with Rose, Giovanni said, "Since day one it’s been a dream. It really has been a dream and if she was doing it with somebody else I would be jealous. I’d be jealous like “Hmmm, I want to dance with her!'"

During their appearance, Rose discussed her personal journey while on the show.

"From week one until now I see the scores are getting more and more, and I realized that I’m actually not that bad!," she admitted. "I mean I’m improving and I’m definitely starting to believe in myself more."

The very sweet interaction between the pair was the same night that Strictly's Giovanni Pernice trapped his foot ahead of final in a near-disastrous mishap—but he's not the only accident-prone one this season.

The couple was set to dance in this weekend’s final against John Whaite and Johannes Radebe and AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington. However, shortly after Strictly's AJ Odudu's partner spoke out after her devastating ankle injury, it was revealed that she's had to leave the competition.

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