Dan Walker thinks it is "crazy" that deaf actress Rose-Ayling Ellis won ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice on Strictly

Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice on Strictly

The 45-year-old TV host came fifth in the last year's edition of BBC favourite with professional Nadiya Bychkova whilst the 'EastEnders' actress - who was honoured with the 'Must See Moment' BAFTA along with professional partner Giovanni Pernice for their routine in week eight at the annual awards ceremony on Sunday (08.05.22) - went on to win the whole show and Dan spoke of how "amazing" it was that someone who cannot hear music managed to win a dancing competition.

Speaking on 'BBC' Breakfast', he said: "It's always a good turnout at the BAFTAs. I think there were some worthy winners there. And Rose and Giovanni... I was about four metres away. It was amazing. It was one of those special things which I think really resonated with so many people who watched as well, and obviously they went on to win, too.

“It was that opportunity for Rose to open the door and invite not only Giovanni, but the rest of us, into her world. It's still crazy to think that somebody who can't hear the music won a dancing competition. Amazing. Yeah, and it was that opportunity for Rose to open the door and invite not only Giovanni, but the rest of us, into her world. It's still crazy to think that somebody who can't hear the music won a dancing competition. Amazing."

Rose was presented with the award by former Saturdays singer Rochelle Humes and - using British Sign Language -explained that she was so "proud" of her achievements and noted how "powerful" TV can be for change.

She said: "It made me feel so proud. It made me quite emotional because deaf people have been fighting for access and for their rights, and in the last few months so much has changed, more than it has in years.The fact that it 's happening - that's how powerful TV can be."


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