Strictly Giovanni sparks frenzy with sweet New Year message to Rose Ayling-Ellis

Giovanni Pernice raised a few eyebrows amongst Strictly Come Dancing fans after he reacted to Rose Ayling-Ellis' first Instagram post of the new year.

The 31-year-old professional dancer and his 27-year-old celebrity partner were crowned winners of the BBC One dance competition after they danced their way to the live finals last year.

Fans fell in love with their wholesome friendship which blossomed throughout the 14-week series as the dancing duo made history as the first deaf celebrity to perform and win the popular dance show.

And since they lifted the glitterball trophy, loyal followers have been monitoring any and all interactions between the pair as romance rumours continue to swirl around them.

Taking to social media, the EastEnders actress reflected over the past 12 months with a series of snaps from across the year including selfies with her co-stars in Watford as well as behind-the-scenes snaps with herself and Giovanni.

As she rang in the new year, Rose took to the social media platform with an inspirational message to her doting fans.

Alongside the snaps, she penned: “Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action.

“You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.

“That definitely what 2021 did for me, the year of growth, discovery and surprises. I cannot wait to see what 2022 would bring.”

Reacting to the post, the Italian stallion replied with a string of red heart emojis – with some users noting that the star added nine rather than 10 of the sweet emojis.

And it didn’t take long before eagle-eyed fans shared their disappointment that her pro partner hadn’t given the blonde bombshell one more heart emoji which would have brought the total up to 10.

One user commented: “It’s a ten …" while another added: “She's not having a 9 absolutely not.”

A third fan urged the dancer to: “Ass another [heart emoji] for the perfect 10” followed by a heart eyes emoji of their own.

It comes after Giovanni praised his partner in crime for their dancing success when they were crowned the winners of the 19th series of Strictly at the end of last year.

Speaking at the time, he gushed: “It’s incredible. Thank you to this beautiful lady that made all my dreams come true.

“You became the best dancer, the best teammate. You are a dream Rose thank you for everything.”

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