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Strictly Come Dancing 2021: Dan Walker shares moving picture of Rose Ayling-Ellis hugging mum after win

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 reached an emotional finale on Saturday, and Dan Walker has shared a moving behind the scenes picture of Rose Ayling-Ellis celebrating with her mum

The spectacular final saw Rose and John Whaite go head to head, as they performed three dances in a bid to be this year’s champions.

In the end it was the 27-year-old and her dance partner Giovanni Pernice who lifted the Glitterball trophy – and co-star Dan was quick to send a touching message in tribute.

He posted a picture showing Rose clutching the trophy and giving her mum, Donna, a big hug.

Dan sent his congratulations, captioning the image: ‘Of all the photos from last night… this might be my favourite.

‘Rose’s mum knows how hard she has worked, how many barriers she has had to run through, how many times she has been told “no” and how much all this means.’

 

He added: ‘This is why I voted for Rose & Gio from week 1 #Strictly.’

It’s not the first time her mum has supported Rose on the programme.

The actress previously received a video message from Donna and her family on Strictly: It Takes Two.

The message saw her mum say: ‘As a little girl, she was always really happy, always laughing, never frightened of anything. The most brave person I know actually.

‘The thing that made me cry was her happiness. It just showed how proud she was of her deaf identity.’

Rose was crowned champion of last night’s final, which brought an end to one of the most impressive series of the programme yet.

It was a bittersweet moment for AJ and her professional partner Kai Widdrington, who was forced to withdraw from the competition on Friday due to the TV presenter suffering a torn ligament.

Rose and Giovanni lifted the trophy on Saturday (Picture: PA)

Describing how emotional it was to have to pull out at the last hurdle, AJ sobbed: ‘I don’t know how to describe what it feels like to have a broken heart, and that’s what it feels like.’

She added: ‘But we have had the best time on this show and I’ve been putting on a brave face, Kai’s been putting on a brave face, we’ve loved the show tonight.

The wrap party was also cancelled for a second year over coronavirus fears, but the cast of 2021 still managed to enjoy their final appearance.

Strictly Come Dancing is available to watch on BBC iPlayer

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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