The EastEnders actress made history when she became the first deaf contestant to enter the dance competition and wowed judges Craig Revel-Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke and Shirley Ballas with her incredible skills. on the dance floor.
Rose and Giovanni developed a close bond as they had to learn different ways of training and dancing, and despite getting the series’ first perfect score, the 31-year-old Italian dancer said their relationship was more than the show. .
“I think for me and Rose it’s definitely from the start more than just a dance,” he said during an appearance on The One Show.
The actress, 27, has shown millions of viewers how she overcame the challenges of dancing while being hard of hearing, and Giovanni even developed a blinking technique to use to help Rose with her timing.
“I’m adjusting to a new way of teaching and obviously Rose has a different way of learning,” Giovanni explained.
And their Couples’ Choice routine will go down in history as one of the most poignant and moving dances, as it featured a short segment in which Rose and Giovanni danced in silence, to highlight how the soap star feels to dance.
“But I think with the dance we did we definitely sent a strong message to everyone in the deaf community and we both already feel like winners,” added the Italian.
Although he is the favorite to win Strictly, the professional dancer is not focused on the end goal.
“Obviously winning the Glitterball would be nice, like the icing on a cake. But we are very proud of what we do, ”he admitted.
Giovanni previously confessed that Rose had changed him for the better, and by having to think of new ways to teach him to dance, he overhauled the way he approached choreography.
He noted that fans had said he was “a different person” thanks to his twinning with Rose, and he admitted that the actress definitely had a lasting impact.
“What I learned from Rose is that you can be positive and happy every day,” he told Radio Times. “She comes to the studio, and whether it’s a tough dance or an easy dance, she’s positive.
“Whatever is going on in my own life, I go to the studio and hang out with Rose, and I just relax,” Giovanni added gently.