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Rose Ayling-Ellis pictured with Giovanni Pernice after tearful Strictly interview

The Strictly stars are on track to making it into the final

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Sharnaz Shahid
Deputy Online Editor
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Rose Ayling-Ellis has revealed just how much her Strictly Come Dancing journey means to her - so much so, that the EastEnders actress is already feeling emotional that her time on the show with Giovanni Pernice is coming to an end.

MORE: Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice reveal their Strictly partnership is 'more than just about dancing'

A short while later, the pair - who are this year's favourites - were pictured leaving the It Takes Two studios, smiling from ear to ear after their appearance.

WATCH: Rose Ayling-Ellis close to tears on It Takes Two

During their chat with Janette Manrara, they discussed reaching the quarter-finals of the BBC dancing competition as they looked ahead to their next dance, the American Smooth to Everlasting Love.

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Asked how she feels about making it so far in the competition, an emotional Rose explained: "It's just so nice because I really don't want it to end. Every time I think about it, it makes me really emotional.

"I try not to think about it and just enjoy being in the moment and I just really don't want it to end. I just want to carry on…"

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Rose Ayling-Ellis pictured with Giovanni Pernice after breaking down in tears photo credit - Backgrid

Jumping in, Giovanni then said: "I am so proud. She's a fantastic student, she listens to me, I know I can be horrible sometimes because it's the nature of the job, but the fact she's loving it so much and become a very good dancer."

READ: Strictly's Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice's training 'struggle' revealed

Soap star Rose is Strictly's first-ever deaf contestant, and in recent weeks, they have been receiving a great response from the judges and the audience for their powerful performances.

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The Strictly stars are on track to making it into the final

On how the judges score their dances, Rose said: "Anything can happen then and I genuinely thought everyone else did such an amazing dance and we were in the middle... I genuinely thought I could be in the bottom two and be ready for it."

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