Strictly’s Dan Walker wants ‘inspiring’ rival to win the show: ‘Give the Glitterball now’

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Dan Walker, 44, has thought about who will win this year’s Glitterball Trophy and he wants it to go to Rose Ayling Ellis, 26. The EastEnders actress is the first deaf person ever to compete on the popular dancing show.

I voted for her, she’s amazing.

Dan Walker

The BBC Breakfast presenter has tipped the actress to win this year’s show due to what she is doing for the show.

The Mirror has reported that Dan believes Rose should win after her “magical” foxtrot on Saturday.

He said: “I know I’m in it but I would give Rose Ayling-Ellis the Glitterball now.

“I voted for her, she’s amazing.”

Dan added: “She’s amazing, her foxtrot with Giovanni [Pernice] was magical and she is inspiring people every week.

“My family also sat next to hers last night and they are adorable too.”

Rose performed the foxtrot to Rose’s Theme from the 1997 classic Titanic as part of Movie Week.

Rose and her partner, Giovanni scored an impressive 36 out of 40 for their foxtrot after picking up nines from all four judges.

Dan and his pro partner, Nadiya Bychkova also danced a foxtrot on Saturday. However, scored less with 21 points.

They were the second couple to take to the dancefloor on Saturday night, dancing to Sleeping Beauty.

Rose, due to her hearing impairment, has to use muscle memory to recall her dance moves because she cannot rely on the music.

In her performances you can see Giovanni is constantly talking to her, saying out loud the steps.

After it was announced she would appear on Strictly, Rose spoke about how excited she was to be on the show.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, she said: “I hope I will make the deaf community proud and break down more barriers.

“But I am also very excited to learn an incredible new skill and even better I get to learn whilst wearing beautiful dresses made especially for me.

She added: “I think it will be great to break the stereotype that people think that deaf people can’t enjoy music and learn to dance.”

Rose became the first person to play a deaf character in EastEnders when she joined the soap as Frankie, the daughter of Mick Carter (played by Danny Dyer) last year.

The actress was already a fan favourite, with her Strictly performances growing her fan base.

Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One on Saturday at 7pm.

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