Strictly’s Giovanni Pernice will use sign language in upcoming tour as gesture to Rose

Strictly: Rose And Giovanni discuss what's next after win

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Giovanni Pernice, 31, and Rose Ayling Ellis, 27, made Strictly Come Dancing history last weekend when they lifted the Glitterball. As a gesture to his Strictly partner, Giovanni has revealed that three of his This Is Me solo tour dates will be available with British Sign Language.

I cannot thank him enough.

Rose Ayling-Ellis

Rose was the first deaf contestant ever to win the show, with Giovanni now wanting to pay homage to his Strictly partner.

The production company Strictly Theatre Co took to Instagram to proudly announce that Giovanni’s show in Glasgow, Hayes and Manchester, would feature a British Sign Language interpreter.

Giovanni’s huge tour, This Is Me, will begin on March 1 in Coventry, before wrapping up in London on May 29 in 2022.

His heartfelt gesture follows the pair’s emotional silent performance to Symphony by Clean Bandit, which left viewers in tears.

Tears flooded as the music was cut short for 16 seconds as the pair continued to dance.

The touching moment was praised by viewers as well as judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Anton du Beke.

Giovanni has frequently spoken out about Rose on his social media, admitting he even learned sign language so he could teach the actress to dance better.

After learning they had got through to the final, a proud Giovanni gushed about Rose to his 768,000 Instagram followers.

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He penned in an emotional post on December 12: “You really worked hard and you’ve got the result you wanted.

“You have given me thousands of reasons to be proud of you. The way you inspire me and always cheer me up.

“I really am grateful to have you in my life.”

Rose also couldn’t help but dedicate an Instagram post to Giovanni after their legendary Strictly win.

She wrote on Sunday: “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.

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

She continued: “I never thought I would leave Strictly with a best friend for life, thank you Gio.” (sic)

The EastEnders 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.

Since Rose has been on Strictly, The British Sign Language (BSL) website has received a 3000 per cent increase in people signing up to its online courses.

Rose said on It Takes Two: “That’s the whole point of why I’m on this show. Hopefully, they will actually learn to sign.”

Speaking to The Guardian about how she learned to dance she admitted she didn’t feel the vibrations but instead counted each step of my memory.

“If I had to start thinking about vibration, it would be distracting,” she clarified.

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