Rose Ayling Ellis and her partner in dance were praised by the public for paying tribute on Saturday to the Deaf Community during Strictly.
EastEnders’ actress and first contestant deaf in show history, she danced with Giovanni Pernice to Clean Bandit music. Zara Larsson also performed.
The music became muffled and silent halfway through as the couple danced on.
Anton Du Beke stated that it was the “greatest thing” he’d ever seen on television.
JJ Chalmers, a former contestant on Strictly, said that Ayling Ellis was important in helping him “get to where he wants to be” regarding attitudes about disability.
Du Beke, along with his colleagues as judges, awarded a nearly perfect 39 percent of the 40 total score.
Shirley Ballas was the head judge and saluted the performance. She said, “This is an unforgettable number. It was beautiful.
She stated, “I’m certain the deaf communities will be absolutely thrilled about you,”
“In this moment we can have something very special, and it’s for the benefit of all deaf people.” 💖There is so much power in Rose’s and Giovanni’s silence. #Strictly @RoseAylingEllis @pernicegiovann1 pic.twitter.com/kW8OTggI5X
— BBC Strictly ✨ (@bbcstrictly) November 13, 2021
Motsi mabuse thanked Ayling Ellis and the viewers for being “in their world”. It’s sometimes more than dancing and scores. Sometimes, it’s a fleeting moment. And we are so grateful for that.
Craig Revel Horwood called the dance “fabulous.”
Pernice, the 26-year old actress, was honored by Pernice’s performance and gave her a live tribute.
“I’m very thankful to you for making this dance positive and joyful, as you know it is.
Hamilton Lodge School and College sent the pair a video message, thanking them for signing. Signed, they said that “you are great role model for us” because they showed deaf and hearing people how to work together.
“We want people, just like you to know how to sign.
Radio 4’s Today broadcast featured Dame Evelyn Glennie as the percussionist. Evelyn, who is deaf since she was 12, said Ayling Ellis was a “wonderful role-model” because of the way that she integrated her experience with both the general public, and fellow musicians.
She stated that “I believe probably the greatest impact has been the surge of awareness regarding sign language,” and noted how it can be used even by people with hearing loss who are unable to communicate verbally.
She did however admit that she was slightly concerned about the lack of sound in the performance. Many deaf people do not “live in silence”.
“It’s not the simplicizing of things that causes problems and makes the public confused,” she said.
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Today spoke with JJ Chalmers, a former Strictly contestant who is also an Invictus Games gold medallist. He said that Ayling Ellis was an “absolute success” on Strictly.
Chalmers said that “we are making huge improvements and inroads to get to where society needs us to be and broadcasting where we need it to be, and that’s absolutely wonderful.” He was wounded in an attack on an Afghan bomb while serving as Royal Marine.
“But again we’re speaking [about]It was almost like a surprise, but it felt like a brief moment. However, I would prefer it to be a bit further down the road.
Rose is the person that can get us where we need to go.
He stated that while people have been talking to her about her disability “it’s nice to be able to talk beyond it.”
Chalmers was not aware of his disability when he first appeared on Strictly in 2012. He complimented producers for adapting to him. [Ayling-Ellis]Instead of “her adapting to the program”,
He stated, “That’s the society that needs to do.” “Society must realize that in reality, we have to change the way that we operate and set up so that all can participate.”
Ayling Ellis’s performance was also received positively by members of the public. One person described it as “beyond stunning”.
— Nick Pearse 💚💙 (@NickPearseActor) November 13, 2021
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