Dan Walker shares his favourite Strictly final photo of Rose Ayling-El…

TV Presenter, Dan Walker, has shared his favourite photograph from the Strictly Come Dancing final and it’ll get you right in the feels.

It’s fair to say there wasn’t a dry eye left in the house during last night’s final so it came as no surprise when Dan’s favourite break was also something of a tearjerker.

Some 11 million people tuned in to watch soap star Rose Ayling-Ellis make history as the first deaf winner of the show.

The actress triumphed alongside partner Giovanni Pernice, defeating Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite and his partner Johannes Radebe, the first all-male pairing on the show.

In his Tweet, Dan said: “Of all the photos from last night… this might be my favourite.

“Rose’s mum knows how hard she has worked, how many barriers she has had to run by, how many times she has been told ‘no’ and how much all this method.

“This is why I voted for Rose & Gio from week 1.”

An average of 11 million people watched the final, giving BBC One a 57.8% proportion in the overnight ratings. The show peaked with 12.3 million watching.


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During the live final – which went ahead without contestant AJ Odudu who pulled out on Friday due to an ankle injury – both remaining couples performed three dances.

Rose Ayling-Ellis & Giovanni Pernice during the final of Strictly Come Dancing 2021. Picture: PA/BBC

Ayling-Ellis, who is the show’s first deaf contestant, and Pernice dazzled by performing a quickstep, their associate’s choice routine and a showdance.

Disability equality charity Scope has described Ayling-Ellis’s participation in the show as a “enormous step forward” for disability representation.

After their Romeo and Juliet-inspired showdance to The Rose by Bette Middler, Ayling-Ellis said: “I’ve become more me than I’ve ever been because of Strictly.”

Rose Ayling-Ellis & Giovanni Pernice during the final of Strictly Come Dancing 2021. Picture: PA/BBC

Both pairs had matching scores during the final, with both receiving a perfect 40 for their revisited favourite dances and their showdances. However, the judges’ marks did not count towards the final consequence, which was solely down to the public vote.

Strictly Come Dancing will return on Christmas Day for a festive special on BBC One.



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