Claudia Winkleman reveals how weather affects Rose Ayling-Ellis' Strictly Come Dancing preperation

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Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice dancing on Strictly credit:Bang Showbiz
Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice dancing on Strictly credit:Bang Showbiz

'Strictly Come Dancing' host Claudia Winkleman has revealed that deaf contestant Rose Ayling-Ellis finds it difficult to train when it rains because the raindrops interfere with the "vibrations in her chest".

The 49-year-old presenter has shared some details on how the 27-year-old ‘EastEnders’ actress - who was born deaf - prepares for her Saturday night ballroom routines with her professional partner Giovanni Pernice, revealing that the weather outside can affect how she feels the music she is dancing to.

In an interview with The Big Issue, Claudia said: "Rose is fantastic ... What I love about Rose is that she's properly funny. I hope that comes across. And she's a fabulous dancer.

"The fact that she's deaf comes way down the list of the extraordinariness of the charm of Rose.

"But it's really interesting to find things out. For example, she finds it difficult to train when it's really raining because it messes with the vibrations in her chest. I had no idea.

"Also, the way that in the beginning she would always have to see Gio's face but now she can dance without seeing his face. She's incredible."

During their performance in Week Seven, Rose gave viewers a 10-second experience of what competing on the BBC One show is like for her when the music was cut during their dance to Clean Bandit's 'Symphony'.

Praising Giovanni for agreeing to the moment afterwards, Rose wrote on Twitter: "@pernicegiovann1 I am so grateful that you created this magical for me to show the world the joy of being deaf."

Giovanni - who has been dancing for most of his life - shared how "hard" he found performing without any music.

Appearing on 'This Morning', he said: "Doing even 10 seconds of silence, I am professional dancer who has been doing this for 23 years, but even 10 seconds of silence was so hard. Because in those 10 seconds you have to think about your steps, you have to keep on the beat, so I was like “Now I understand what she has been doing for eight weeks.

"Those 10 seconds were just powerful, it was just very, very, very good."

Claudia - who presents 'Strictly Come Dancing with Tess Daly, 52 - also revealed that she learned some sign language so she could communicate with Rose backstage, and she learned one important phrase when it comes to the judges.

She spilled: "The first thing I wanted to learn, although I haven’t had to use it, was, ‘The judges are horrid.'"

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