Strictly fans spot ‘sweet’ moment between Gorka Marquez and Rose Ayling-Ellis

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Strictly Come Dancing viewers spotted a sweet moment between professional dancer Gorka Marquez and contestant, EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis.

As Rose, who is the first deaf contestant in the show’s history, was being interviewed alongside her new pro partner, Giovanni Pernice, the audience began to clap loudly in support of the pairing.

However, Gorka chose to sign the word for applause to 26-year-old Rose instead – an action that didn’t go unnoticed with fans at home.

One wrote on Twitter: “Can’t describe how sweet it was when Gorka waved his hands rather than clapping while Rose was being interviewed.”

Another viewer said: “Love that Gorka didn’t clap for Rose, but signed “applause” instead.”

A third agreed, adding: “What an absolute superstar he was signing applause rather than clapping.”

This comes after the show’s Executive Producer Sarah Ellis revealed how Strictly is adapting to make sure Rose gets the most out of her experience.

Sarah explained: “Already myself and the team have learned a lot from Rose. She's an amazing person.”

She continued: “She's also very honest about what she needs and what we need to adapt. So it's been an ongoing conversation.”

“All of the team are doing deaf awareness training, which has been brilliant and learning some sign language.”

Sarah also explained how things will be slightly different for Rose in the training room alongside Giovanni, and on the night of the performance itself as she receives her judges’ feedback.

“Obviously Rose will need an interpreter with her all the time, so she'll always have an interpreter with her in training and then on the show, you may see an interpreter occasionally on camera.”

“Obviously, she needs somebody to interact with the judges comments and her chats with Claudia.”

“But other than that, I know that Rose really is looking forward to the show just like everybody else, and I can't wait to see what she does.”

And Rose herself said that she is looking forward to showing viewers at home that deaf people can dance.

The actress explained: “I feel like it’s so important for somebody like me to be on the show.”

“I want to break down the stereotype that deaf people can’t dance and can’t enjoy music.”

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