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Strictly’s Rose Ayling-Ellis finally receives her first 10

Evoke.ie logo Evoke.ie 24/10/2021 Bronwyn O Neill
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The heat was turned up on Strictly Come Dancing this weekend but it seemed to bring out the best in Rose Ayling-Ellis.

Rose was among those lucky few as she and her professional partner, Maura Higgins’ alleged ex-boyfriend, Giovanni Pernice was awarded their first 10 of the season.

They blew the judges away with their dramatic Viennese Waltz to Alicia Keys’ Fallin’, with Motsi Mabuse handing out the perfect score.

‘I don’t think I need to say anything because your dance spoke for itself. This is the dance, that was the moment, it was magical,’ the judge told them.

Giovanni Pernice and Rose Ayling-Ellis Pic: BBC © Provided by Evoke.ie Giovanni Pernice and Rose Ayling-Ellis Pic: BBC

Rose, who is Strictly’s first deaf contestant, was overjoyed by her final score of 37, allowing herself to admit that it was ‘excellent’.

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They weren’t the only couple who nabbed their first 10, AJ Odudu didn’t put a foot wrong when he danced an intense Argentine Tango with pro partner Kai Widdrington to Stevie Nicks’ Edge of Seventeen.

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‘This is, for me, about as good as it gets,’ said head judge Shirley Ballas, who awarded AJ and Kai their first 10 of the series.

She also gave them a standing ovation as she gushed, ‘It’s small details for me: the rolling through your feet when you moved backwards – world championship level for me. Short, small, staccato movements, and I found the passion to be absolutely there, so for me, it didn’t look choreographed.’

‘I liked the flow, I liked the whole content of it, I just loved it. Best dance so far!’

They were awarded 35 points across the board, however, it was John Whaite and Johannes Radebe who once again had the judges singing their praises.

They topped the judges’ leaderboard with a score of 38 out of 40 for their Charleston to Milord by Édith Piaf. They were awarded 10s from Shirley and Anton Du Beke. Later on in the night, the pair appeared to share a kiss as they left It Takes Two.

Tilly Ramsay, who placed third on the judges’ leaderboard with 36 points, also received some glowing feedback.

Check out the full Strictly leaderboard for week five below

John Whaite and Johannes Radebe – Charleston to Milord by Édith Piaf 38

Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice – Viennese Waltz to Fallin’ by Alicia Keys37

Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin – Foxtrot to Little Things by One Direction 36

AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington – Argentine Tango to Edge of Seventeen 35

Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden – Salsa to Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles34

Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu – American Smooth to I’ve Got The World On A String by Michael Bublé32

Adam Peaty and Katya Jones – Samba to Faith by George Michael29

Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova – Viennese Waltz to She’s Always A Woman by Billy Joel28

Sara Davies and Aljaz Skorjanec – Rumba to You’re Still The One by Shania Twain 25

Ugo Monye and Oti Mabuse – Rumba to Leave The Door Open by Bruno Mars, Anderson Paak, and Silk Sonic20

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Sunday night at 7:15pm on BBC One

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