Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice were crowned champions of this year’s edition of Strictly Come Dancing.
or their last dance of the series, the duo performed a dance inspired by Romeo and Juliet on The Rose by Bette Middler.
Shirley Ballas said: “She melted my heart, the love you have for dancing and for each other will last a lifetime. It will leave a mark in my heart forever, thank you for making this competition. “
Anton Du Beke held back tears as he said, “I can’t speak, it’s so beautiful. Forgive me for not looking at you or I will cry.”
Craig Revel Horwood added: “I don’t know how I would make a decision tonight so I’m glad I didn’t.”
They received a combined score of 40.
Reacting to their victory, Mr Pernice said: “Amazing. I have to say thank you to this beautiful young lady who made all my dreams come true.
“It took me seven years to get this stuff and you became the best dancer, the best teammate I could have asked for, you are a dream so thank you for everything.”
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Mrs. Rose Ayling-Ellis told him, “I just want to say that you are so amazing, you made me believe in myself more than I believed in myself.
“You are an amazing teacher and a wonderful friend and we’ve been through a lot, and I just want you to know that you still have a part of my heart.”