Rose Ayling-Ellis revealed how Dan Walker would vote for her each week while he was on Strictly Come Dancing.
The EastEnders star praised the BBC breakfast host, who was voted out of the show last weekend, and shared how much he supported her.
Speaking to HuffPost UK, Rose said: “I love Dan, he is so nice and he has supported me since day one. He keeps telling me that he cast a little vote for me, he always gives me a vote. I say, ‘You should vote for yourself!’ It was really very cute.
“And he absolutely enjoys the experience. He’s such a happy man. “
Her dance partner Giovanni Pernice also applauded Dan’s demeanor, adding: “In the end, he loved dancing and that’s what you want from your celebrity. If you come to the show as a professional you want them to enjoy the experience and Dan has really fallen in love with the dancing.
“He missed the semi-finals, but I think he’s quite happy with it. I can call him a dancer. He gives everyone positive. “
Dan Walker and his dance partner Nadiya Bychkova missed a coveted spot in this week’s semifinals.
Dan had had a tough time on social media and some sections of the press claiming he shouldn’t have made it this far in the competition.
Commenting on the reaction, Giovanni added: “Nobody listens to the press and social media. You only hear the press and social media when it’s positive, not when it’s negative. “
After reaching the semi-finals alongside AJ Odudu, Rhys Stephenson and John Whaite, Rose admitted that she “didn’t expect” to be in the competition.
“I’ll just go and have a good time and that’s all I can do,” she said.
Rose with her dance partner Giovanni Pernice
“Giovanni taught me that I can only control my dance. I can’t control what the judges think, I can’t control what the public thinks. The only thing I can control is my dance, so I’ll just enjoy it and think about it from start to finish and focus. “
Read the full interview with Rose and Giovanni on HuffPost UK this Sunday.
Strictly Come Dancing airs Saturday and Sunday evenings on BBC One.
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