Strictly Come Dancing professional Giovanni Pernice made a heartfelt speech to EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis during the final on Saturday night
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Strictly Come Dancing professional Giovanni Pernice fought back tears on Saturday night as he paid tribute to Rose Ayling-Ellis.
The pair had just performed their first dance of the final, a Quickstep, when they headed upstairs to chat to host Claudia Winkleman.
After speaking about how it felt to have made it to the final of the 2021 series, 31-year-old Giovanni was keen to say something to Rose directly.
Sounding choked up, Giovanni said: “I just have to say it’s been a dream to be able to dance with you. It’s been a dream sharing this journey with you.
“It’s my privilege to share the journey with you. I’ve definitely met a friend, a best friend for life.
Viewers were also feeling emotional after watching Giovanni’s speech and took to Twitter to comment.
“Have people in your life who love you as much as Giovanni loves Rose. #Strictly,” one person tweeted.
A second person tweeted: “Rose and Giovanni are the absolute cutest! #Strictly #StrictlyFinal.”
A third viewer wrote: “Giovanni, “best friend for life” I’m thinking he’s met “the love of his life”#Strictly.”
And a fourth person added: “I couldn’t love Rose and Giovanni amore. Really thought he was going down on one knee then! #strictly #Strictly2021 (sic).”
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