Rose Aaling-Ellis kicked off Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday night as she went head-to-head with John Whaite in the most varied final match in Strictly history.
For the first time, only two finalists competed after AJ Odudu was forced to withdraw from the competition in the last hour due to an ankle injury.
The EastEnders actress, 27, who is the show’s first deaf star, opened with a judges’ choice dance with Giovanni Bernice, while John, 32, and his same-sex partner Johannes Radebe waited in the wings.
Rose Aaling-Ellis kicked off Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday night as she went head-to-head with John White in the most varied final match in Strict History.
The pair had hoped to improve their score of 37 previously as they danced to Frozen’s Quickstep to Love Is An Open Door of Music Week.
Commenting on their performance, chairperson of the jury Shirley Palace said: “It was a squeaky charm. That was an extraordinary quick move.
I managed to pull it all off, I just walked out and smashed it. our end.’
And Anton de Beek added: “I’m not sure who is more nervous, you or Giovanni. She was beautiful, charming and wonderful.
RELATED: The EastEnders actress, 27, who is the show’s first deaf star, opened with her judges-choice dance with Giovanni Bernice, while John and his same-sex partner Johannes Radebe waited in the wings
The 27-year-old The EastEnders actress, who is the show’s first deaf star, opened with her Judges Choice’ Quickstep to Love Is An Open Door from Frozen dance dance, from Music Week.
Craig Revell-Horwood scored nine points, and Mutsy Mabuse, Shirley and Anton all gave 10 points, giving them roughly 39 points.
Congratulations: Craig Revell-Horwood scored nine points, and Mutsy Mabuse, Shirley and Anton all gave 10 points, giving them roughly 39 points.
The race is on: It’s been choppy on the leaderboard with John also managing to score 39 points, with only Craig failing to give him that perfect 10
Rose Aaling Ellis and Giovanni Bernice
Judge’s choice: quick step- 39
Favorite dance: Couple Choice- 40
dance show: the flower
John White and Johannes Radebe
Judge’s choice: Roomba: 39
Favoritee: two steps-
dance show: got love –
Craig Revell-Horwood scored nine points, and Motsy Mabuse, Shirley, and Anton gave 10 points, giving them a near-perfect 39.
Next was John’s Judge’s choice which was Rumba to shape my heart by Sting. Shirley told the husband: “It is emotional for me. It was a story of narrative and hope. The best compliment I can give you, John, is that I hope to dance a rumba with you someday.
Motsy added, “I just loved it. The rumba in the final – this is the first time. But for me, it was just about appreciating the time, the touch, the breath and that’s what you want.”
And he has been volatile on the leaderboard with John also managing to score 39 points, with only Craig giving him the full 10 points.
Viewers were left in tears as well as Anton as Rose performed the couple’s choice of symphony by Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson.
The touching dance witnessed a moment of silence as the actress paid tribute to the deaf community. “This dance means a lot to me,” Rose said, reflecting on her performance. “I felt like this was the dance that said all about my rigorous journey.”
I knew this dance would have an impact but it actually changed people’s perceptions. This is what we’ve been asking for years.
They get a full 40 points.
Opening the show, host Tess Daly referred to AJ’s premature exit. She said, “Unfortunately AJ and Kai are not dancing tonight. AJ sustained an ankle injury earlier in the week and despite treatment and rest she is unable to dance, so she has had to withdraw from the competition.
Claudia Winkelman added, “We’ll be speaking to AJ the last time on the show and I think we can all agree that even though AJ can’t perform tonight, she will and always will be a finalist. AJ we love you.”
The show is set to feature a performance of professional dancers, as Janet Manara will join the band after they pulled out to host It Takes Two, and dance alongside husband Aljaž Škorjanec.
Breathtaking: Viewers were left in tears as well as Anton as Rose led the couple’s choice to Symphony by Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson
Perfect score: The pair couldn’t believe it as they were awarded the full 40 points
Prior to the final, Rose was at odds 1-20 over the favorite to win Strictly Come Dancing with a 95% chance of raising the Globe Ball trophy, while John was the outsider 8-1.
Other predictions say EastEnders star Rose and dance partner Giovanni could finish their three routines with a score of 119 points out of 120, compared to Chef John and dance partner Johann’s prediction of 117.
Both finalists are lead contenders, with Rose being the first deaf character to compete in a Strictly come dancing and John being the first celebrity to intermarry with the same sex.
Leading bookmaker Coral Rose Ailing gave Ellis an 89% chance of winning Accurate Come Dancing, calling it the shortest priced favorite ever.
Coral’s John Hill said: “It’s very unfortunate that AJ had to withdraw at this point. Rose is now our cheapest all-time favorite in a tough final.
Rose has been the favorite to lift the Glitterball Cup since very early in the series. Our odds are that she has an 89% chance of winning the final match this weekend.
“It would be an early Christmas gift for many gamblers as Rose has been so well supported to triumph ever since she set foot on the dance floor in her first week.”
Emotional: The grueling final went into chaos on Friday after AJ Odudu, 33, withdrew from the competition at the last minute after sustaining ligament damage in her foot during training this week.
The grueling final was plunged into chaos on Friday after A.J. Ododo, 33, withdrew from the competition at the last minute after sustaining ligament damage during training this week.
TV presenter and professional dance partner Kai, 26, burst into tears on Friday at It Takes Two, where they made their television debut after being forced out of the show.
Speaking to host Rylan Clark-Neal, AJ wiped her tears after watching a clip from their stern ride, saying, “It wasn’t the way we wanted to go out.”
AJ explained, “You know what, we had the best time and on Monday we rehearsed and were excited like, ‘Okay, we’re going to do carves, we’re going to do Charleston, what a way to end our experiment.
Sad news: The 33-year-old had no choice but to withdraw from the Grand Final after damaging her ligaments in training this week (Pictured on Friday)
My ankle has sagged and torn my ligament and it won’t. We’re frustrated because we were ready to smash it.
Obviously, that’s not how we wanted to go out, but even just looking at all those moments, it’s been an absolute pleasure to dance with Kay every week, so thank you.
Meanwhile, Kai thought about their energetic dances and told them how they “hope to change them” to make it easier for AJ, but added that her injury was “too bad”.
The professional dancer added that he was happy that they “came out at their highest level from last week” after topping the leaderboard and getting their first perfect score of 40 points.
It’s all over: AJ had to give up her dream of winning a Glitter Bowl and releases a statement expressing her displeasure