Strictlys Rose Ayling-Ellis leaves EastEnders to focus on dancing with Giovanni

Strictly star Rose Ayling-Ellis has left EastEnders to focus on her dancing with her professional partner Giovanni Pernice.

Viewers of the popular BBC soap watched on Tuesday night as the 26 year old's character Frankie Lewis heartbreakingly decided that she needed a break from Walford.

She paid an emotional goodbye to her father, Mick Carter, played by Danny Dyer, before jumping into a taxi with a friend to leave town.

While it looked like soap star Rose's final scenes, she has explained that bosses at the show were able to give her some time off so she could focus on her dancing.

Speaking to back in September, Rose, who is Strictly's first-ever deaf contestant, said: "Normally, EastEnders makes you work at the same time as doing Strictly, but EastEnders gave me time off, so I can just focus on Strictly completely."

It looks like all the extra time to rehearse is certainly doing Rose and Giovanni good as they are now favourites to win the Glitterball trophy.

Viewers have also insisted on social media that Giovanni has become a new pro, and everyone is seeing a completely new side to him.

During Halloween week, the pair made history with the earliest 40 of the BBC series.

Giovanni and Rose danced the 'Twisted Tango' to Ed Sheeran's hit Shivers, with Anton Du Beke describing the performance as 'perfect'.

On Saturday night's show, following a difficult but impressive samba performance to Cinema Italiano by Kate Hudson, Giovanni even told Rose she was the "best thing" that's ever happened to him in the competition.

He also gushed over being "grateful" and "privileged" to be teaching the star – adding he has been learning so "many new things" throughout their first seven dances.

Head judge Shirley Ballas also made a point to praise Giovanni for his ability to train Rose and think outside of the box.

"Giovanni, you are second to none when it comes to teaching these skills," the Queen of Latin told him.

Despite his impressive track record, Giovanni is yet to win the competition.

This year fans are convinced the epic partnership and friendship between Gio and Rose will clinch them the title.

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday night on BBC One.

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