Rose Ayling-Ellis can’t wait to ‘judge’ Strictly Come Dancing 2022 stars: ‘I’ll know if they’re doing the right dance or not’

reigning champion is just as excited as us for the new series, which is .

The EastEnders actress won the glitterball trophy last year with , becoming the first Deaf competitor on the show as well as the BBC programme’s first Deaf victor.

One of the pair’s most powerful performances was their Couple’s Choice routine, which saw them celebrate the Deaf community with a powerful moment .

Reflecting on her time amongst the glitz and glamour of the ballroom, Rose revealed that she misses the ‘magical’ experience, but she can’t wait for this year’s series to begin.

‘I actually feel really excited to watch this year because now I can watch it knowing what they’ve experienced and what’s going through their minds,’ she shared, adding: ‘It will be quite a different way of watching.’

Rose made history as the first Deaf person on the show (Picture: Getty)

She continued to: ‘And I can actually judge if they’re doing the right dance or not. I’ll be like a judge, I’ll have to get my own number paddle!’

Rose also commented that it was ‘an honour’ to become a spokesperson for the deaf community, despite ‘a little bit of pressure’ and ‘the big responsibility’ she feels.

Now, she’s excited for the attention to be taken off her and Giovanni (Picture: PA)
The pair were crowned winners of the 2021 series (Picture: BBC/Guy Levy)

‘So far, it’s been so much fun and I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing and enjoying myself while being that spokesperson,’ she added to the publication saying: ‘It’s definitely happened very dramatically and quickly but now people want to learn more and that’s important to me.’

This comes after news that the 27-year-old has

Strictly Come Dancing 2022 line-up in full

Elsewhere, Rose admitted it won’t be a strange feeling to watch Giovanni dancing with his new partner, and she’s actually glad the ‘focus will be on the new couple’ and off her.

Giovanni, who has been on Strictly since 2015, is .

The line-up for this year’s competition was recently announced, with stars including Kym Marsh,  and  joining the roster of celebrities.

Giovanni is rumoured to be in a same-sex pairing this year (Picture: Getty)

Radio personality , who said in a statement that it’ll be an ‘honour’ to be a part of the  on the show.

Giovanni recently said he was  saying: ‘It would give me a chance to challenge myself with new routines, you have to think more about it.’

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One on Saturday, September 17.

What we know about Strictly Come Dancing 2022 so far

Who are the judges?

Head judge Shirley Ballas will be joined once again by fellow judges Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse.

, after it was confirmed that he would be officially replacing Bruno Tonioli.

Who are the new professional dancers?

There are joining the line-up: Vito Coppola, Carlos Gu, Lauren Oakley and Michelle Tsiakkas.

Which professional dancers have left?

After the 2021 season, it was announced that fan-favourite pros and would not be returning for the 2022 series.

Will there be a studio audience?

Yes – following past restrictions put in place due to the pandemic, the full studio audience is set to return this year, while the see-through dividers between the judges will also be removed.

When is the show returning?

The BBC has revealed that the is due to be recorded on Wednesday September 7.

Therefore, it’s likely that it will air a few days later on Saturday September 10, although the exact date of the first episode is yet to be disclosed.

Find out more about Strictly 2022 .


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