Strictly Come Dancing Final 2021 – Giovanni Pernice breaks silence on 'beautiful' Rose Ayling Ellis before last show

STRICTLY hunk Giovanni Pernice has broken his silence on dance partner Rose Ayling Ellis, calling her "beautiful".

With just days to go before the final, Giovanni paid an adorable tribute to Rose who is favourite to win the dance contest this year.

The professional dancer, 31, repeatedly called Rose "beautiful" during Saturday's live show in a moment not picked up on microphones during transmission but has subsequently emerged.

The Italian has since taken to Instagram to tell Rose "We did it!! WE ARE IN THE FINAL!! 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 am really grateful to have you in my life. Now let's go and enjoy our last week… and CHE SARÀ SARÀ!!! Well done superstar."

Throughout the series fans have become convinced Giovanni is "madly in love" with Rose and the latest exchanges will have done little to end those rumours.

Read our Strictly live blog below for the latest news and gossip…

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    Craig Revel Horwood slammed by ex pro James Jordan

    Craig Revel Horwood has been slammed for “undermarking” Rose Ayling-Ellis.

    On Saturday night the EastEnders actress was nearly awarded a full house of 10s for her Waltz – but was let down by Craig.

    Former pros Ola and James Jordan admitted they were completely “baffled” by his decision as they questioned his judging.

    Writing in their column for Hello, James said: “It was probably the best Waltz we have ever seen on Strictly. I do not understand where Craig was coming from with that nine.

    “Rose may have had a tiny slip up with her footwork, but there are tiny imperfections in every routine – even ones that Craig has given tens for in the past.”

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    Judges votes

    Motsi Mabuse chose to save John and Johannes, saying: "Well, I think both couples deserve to stay in the competition but that is not how it works. For me this was a very difficult decision, but I’m going to save John and Johannes.” 

    Anton Du Beke chose to save John and Johannes, and said: "Like Motsi and Craig, I’d have you both in the final quite frankly. Rhys came out and danced and I thought that would do for me.

    "John came out and I thought, here we go. But then, you’ve just got to look at it and go, OK what do I like? For me tonight, in such an even contest, my nod goes to John and Johannes.”

    With three votes to John and Johannes, it meant they had won the majority vote, and Rhys and Nancy would be leaving the competition. Head Judge Shirley Ballas said she would have agreed with her fellow judges, and saved John and Johannes. 

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    Rhys Stephenson booted off show

    Rhys and his partner Nancy Xu performed their Samba to It Had Better Be Tonight (Meglio Stasera) by Michael Bublé.

    Then, John and his partner Johannes Radebe performed their Jive to Higher Power by Coldplay, in a bid to impress the judges and secure their place in the final.  

    After both couples had danced, the judges delivered their verdicts, with Craig Revel Horwood choosing to save John and Johannes.

    Craig said: “In all the years I’ve been doing the show since 2004, I really do not want to make this decision tonight.

    "This has been one of the most amazing dance offs I’ve ever witnessed. Both couples are equal and both couples deserve to go through and I just want to put both couples through.

    "I know I’m not allowed to do that so I have to choose. I’m going on the technical side and it’s to do with clean finishes. I’d like to put through to the final, John and Johannes.”

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    Fans convinced Giovanni is ‘madly in love’ with Rose

    Giovanni planted a warm smooch on the Eastenders actress when they realised they were making it to next week's final.

    He cuddled Rose and brought her in close, describing working with her as "a dream".

    The pair were overjoyed to receive glowing praise from the judges but fans were too distracted by their closeness.

    Viewers watching at home were convinced the professional dancers was head over heels with Rose.

    "Giovanni is madly in love and you’ll not convince me otherwise," wrote one fan on Twitter.

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    Nadiya Bychkova hits back at kissing rumours

    Nadiya Bychkova last night broke her silence over the Dan Walker hug and said: “I was glad I was there for him.”

    The pair had been dogged by false rumours ever since she was seen comforting the married BBC Breakfast star backstage.

    Last night this year’s finalists were confirmed after Rhys ­Stephenson was voted off at the final hurdle.

    Meanwhile, Nadiya, 32, insisted she is just a very good friend for Dan, 44, who was upset over the death of his footballer pal Gary Speed.

    The Ukrainian beauty also said he was a “gentleman”.

    She recalled of their cuddle: “It was a very difficult day for Dan. It was a full-on week in general, a lot of work, and it had made him emotional."

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    Craig Revel-Horwood's tough semi-final decision

    After Stephenson and Xu performed their samba to It Had Better Be Tonight (Meglio Stasera) by Michael Buble again, and Whaite and Radebe danced their jive to Higher Power by Coldplay, it was a unanimous decision by the judges to save the TV baker, sending Stephenson packing.

    Judge Craig Revel Horwood deliberated intensely on his decision, saying: "In all the years I've been doing the show since 2004, I really do not want to make this decision tonight.

    "This has been one of the most amazing dance-offs I've ever witnessed. Both couples are equal and both couples deserve to go through and I just want to put both couples through.

    "I know I'm not allowed to do that so I have to choose. I'm going on the technical side and it's to do with clean finishes. I'd like to put through to the final: John and Johannes."

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    Rose Ayling Ellis odds-on to win Strictly final

    Rose Ayling-Ellis is odds on with leading bookmaker Coral, at 1-8, to win Strictly Come Dancing 2021 as the final line-up was confirmed on Sunday evening.

    AJ Odudu is second favourite at 6-1 and John Whaite, who survived the dance-off this weekend, is the third favourite back at 10-1.

    "Rose is the overwhelming favourite to lift the Glitterball Trophy this year as the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 series reaches the final. She is odds on to be crowned the winner of one of the best quality series we have ever had," said Coral's Harry Aitkenhead.

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    Nancy Xu becomes tearful as she reflects on series

    Xu, who joined the show in 2019 but spent two years without a partner, became tearful as she looked back on her first series alongside a celebrity.

    She said: "Teaching Rhys has just been the most magical moment for me in the Strictly journey so far.

    "Yes, we didn't make it to the final but I think there is more to the fact than this. We had everyone's support behind us."

    She added: "I am so grateful for everything – for Strictly giving me this chance, giving me such a wonderful person to learn from me, and also I learned so much from him.

    "He is patient, he is generous, he gave me everything about himself."

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    Rhys reflects on 'challenging routine'

    Rhys Stephenson placed fourth during Saturday's show after receiving a score of 36 for a tango to Queen's One Vision.

    Reflecting on the challenging routine, he said: "It stressed us out for a while because it was the frame and the turns, the rotation. It was like, 'I don't know if I am going to do this'. And I had the samba to think about (as well).

    "It was such a challenge. But in those moments I have just got to keep stepping, keep going forward, keep moving. And eventually when it came to that night, it came together.

    "There is something magical about Strictly where on Saturday night you get there."

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    Fix row

    Fans have claimed the show is being fixed so that EastEnders’ Rose Ayling-Ellis wins alongside Giovanni Pernice.

    Viewers say the pair are ‘set up to win the show’ after watching the pair make the hugely anticipated final over the weekend.

    The couple secured their spot after a storming performance where they danced both the waltz and the Argentine tango.

    They received a mark of 39 for the first dance and a full house of 40 marks for the second.

    The pair ended up top joint of the leaderboard with AJ Odudu and her partner Kai Widdrington.

    John Whaite and Johannes Radebe, Strictly’s first all-male pairing, placed third.

    One fan tuning in to the BBC competition asked on Twitter: “…is this constant underscoring of AJ an intentional move to get her out before the final?

    “As much as I love Rose & Gio, it does seem like it’s being set up for her to win, and AJ is major competition, could the judges be trying to get rid of AJ? #strictly”.

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    Dianne Buswell sparks rumours she’s split with boyfriend

    Dianne Buswell has sparked speculation she has split from Joe Sugg after heading off on holiday on her own.

    The dancer, 32, enjoyed some rest and relaxation while the Youtuber, 30, had a Christmas party with “the boys”.

    Dianne shared a series of snaps from her “solo getaway” at the Glasshouse Retreat, telling fans how “wonderful” it was.

    She said: “I have certainly made the most of it massage, facials, morning swimming, yoga class ,meditation country side walks , cooking demos.

    “I even joined in on a self love workshop. I certainly feel refreshed and ready to take on a new week.”

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