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Strictly's Giovanni Pernice responds to fans' claims suggesting Rose Ayling-Ellis has 'changed' him

The pair are this year's fan favourites on Strictly

Strictly Come Dancing professional Giovanni Pernice has shared his thoughts after viewers noticed a "change" in him during this year's series with dance partner Rose Ayling-Ellis.

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Unsure whether the claims are true, the professional dancer has admitted he feels more positive while working with the EastEnders actress.

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"People on social media think that I've changed, that I’m a different person," he told Radio Times, adding: "It's changed completely the way I teach and how I make the choreography. It's a different world. And I'm glad that I'm the one who's discovering this…"

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Giovanni, 31, is currently competing on Strictly with soap star Rose, the show's first-ever deaf contestant. In recent weeks, the pair have been receiving a great response from the judges and the audience for their performances.

Of their close bond, he said: "What I've learnt from Rose is that you can be positive and happy every day, really. She comes to the studio, and if it's a difficult dance or if it's an easy dance, she's positive. Whatever's going on with my own life, I go to the studio and spend time with Rose, and I just relax."

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Rose and Giovanni during their couple's choice dance

Rose then commented: "I had a gut feeling you were going to be a good partner for me because in the deaf community, we're really, really expressive. We are very direct. And you're direct.

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"Also, you've got a record of being in the final so many times, and of turning a bad dancer into a good dancer, which you've done with me."

Earlier this month, they created one of the most memorable moments in Strictly history when they danced to a silent moment for ten seconds to Symphony by Clean Bandit with the couple's choice.

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