Strictly fans raise eyebrows over Giovanni Pernice’s New Year message to Rose

The Italian dance professional left a playful comment under one of Rose Ayling-Ellis’s Instagram posts – sparking debate among fans of the couple who have been following them since their Strictly triumph

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Strictly: Rose and Giovanni are crowned the winners

Giovanni Pernice has raised a few eyebrows among fans after he interacted with Strictly Come Dancing partner Rose Ayling-Ellis’ latest Instagram post.

The 31-year-old professional dancer and the 27-year-old EastEnders actress were crowned winners of Strictly last month after twisting, twirling and skipping their way to the live final.

Fans of the show have been heartened by the friendship that blossomed between Giovanni and Rose as they carved their path to the final across the course of the series.

And fans have been obsessively monitoring any and all interactions that the pair have with each other – with a recent Instagram post driving fans wild.

Rose Ayling-Ellis shared a message for fans on New Years’ Day



The star included Giovanni Pernice in her NYD address



Taking to the social media platform, Rose shared a collection of photos from the previous 12 months – including selfie’s with EastEnders co-stars and footage and snaps of herself with Giovanni on Strictly.

Making an address to her followers for New Year, Rose wrote alongside the images: “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.”

She continued: “That definitely what 2021 did for me, the year of growth, discovery and surprises.”

Rose and Giovanni were crowned winners of Strictly last month


BBC/Guy Levy)

And she added: “I cannot wait to see what 2022 would bring.”

Reacting to the post, dancer Giovanni replied with a string of red heart emojis – with fans noting that he added nine of the emojis.

Taking this as an analogy for Strictly Come Dancing scoring, some fans were disappointed that the star hadn’t awarded Rose just one more heart to bring the number of emoji’s up to a grand top score of 10.

One followers commented: “It’s a ten…”

Rose and Giovanni have become close friends since meeting via Strictly



With another adding: “She’s not having a 9 absolutely not.”

And a third fan urged the dance professional to: “add another [heart emoji] for a perfect 10” – while adding a heart-eyed face emoji of their own.

Giovanni praised Rose for their success when they lifted the Glitterball Trophy on the BBC One dance show at the end of last year.

He gushed at the time: “It’s incredible. Thank you to this beautiful lady that made all my dreams come true.

“You became the best dancer, the best teammate. You are a dream Rose, thank you for everything.”

Meanwhile, Rose has been tipped to become a millionaire and find success in Hollywood if she ditches her role as a soap star to turn her attention to more high-brow entertainment.

Film insiders have been urging Rose to quit her role on EastEnders to chase a Hollywood career


BBC/Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes)

Producer Andy Loveday, of UK-based movie-makers Carnaby International, wants to sign Rose up.

He said: “Rose is an extremely ­talented individual and if she makes the right choices she will definitely be a movie star. I’ve got three films next year and I would love her to be in one of them.”

And another film insider said: “Her pulling power is enormous. She could earn £1million in her first year if she leaves EastEnders and goes into films.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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