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Strictly’s Rose teary as she and Giovanni’s silent moment in dance wins at BAFTA TV Awards

Strictly Come Dancing's Rose Ayling-Ellis got teary as she and Giovanni Pernice won Virgin Media's Must-See Moment at the 2022 BAFTA TV Awards on Sunday 8 May.

EastEnders star Rose, 27, who was the first deaf contestant to take part in Strictly, and pro partner Giovanni, 31, won the 2021 series in December.

The duo left viewers sobbing on Strictly when they performed a stunning Couple's Choice dance to Clean Bandit's Symphony, where they included a "special" silent moment in their dance to celebrate the deaf community.

After their dance won Virgin Media's Must-See Moment on Sunday, Rose said on stage while accepting their award: "It is a very special moment for us because hopefully it showed how powerful TV can be, where it has actually introduced changes.

"It has even helped the BSL (British Sign Language) law be passed recently. It made people stand up more for sign language, and just a better deaf awareness and positiveness towards people. We have still got a long way to go but it is such a great start. We are so, so, so proud of it."

It comes after Rose and Giovanni revealed that they kept the "special" silent moment in their dance to celebrate the deaf community a "secret".

Rose and pro partner Giovanni appeared on It Takes Two in November where they discussed the powerful routine.


During the show, host Rylan revealed that the duo didn't tell anyone about the silent moment ahead of the episode, to which Giovanni said: "No, we didn't so it was a secret because it was such a special moment.

"I had this idea and first of all, I asked if she [Rose] was happy for me to do something like this. Obviously I can’t just go and do something like this, because it is very important, it’s me working in Rose’s world and she actually said: 'It’s a fantastic idea!'

"So I’m very proud and privileged, you gave me a chance to come into your world and me to be able to show the story, that it is a positive story, it really is."

The 2022 BAFTA TV Awards, which took place on Sunday 8 May, have been held at London's Royal Festival Hall and it is the first ceremony since 2019 to be held with an audience due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Richard Ayoade has returned as host for the third year in a row while George Ezra led the celebrations with red-carpet performance of his brand-new single Green Green Grass.

Prior to the ceremony, presenters Vick Hope and Zeze Millz hosted the Virgin Media BAFTA TV Awards red-carpet show.

Leading the nominations on Sunday night was Russell T Davies' powerful Channel 4 drama It's A Sin with 11 nods, including writer drama category, leading actor — Olly Alexander for his role as Ritchie Tozer and leading actress — Lydia West for her role as Jill Baxter.

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