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Giovanni Pernice debuts tattoo in memory of his first ever Strictly win alongside Rose Ayling-Ellis

‘We are the champions!’ Giovanni Pernice debuts glitterball trophy tattoo in memory of his first ever Strictly win alongside Rose Ayling-Ellis


Giovanni Pernice has debuted a tattoo in memory of his Strictly Come Dancing win alongside Rose Ayling-Ellis – the first time he bagged the glitterball trophy.

The ballroom professional, 31, took to his Instagram Story on Saturday to show off the inking on the inside of his arm, which featured the highly-coveted gong behind the date of their victory.

He wrote in his caption, ‘We are the champions, we are the champions @rose.a.e’ of the masterpiece which also displayed the SCD initials of the BBC talent show.

Masterpiece: Giovanni Pernice has debuted a tattoo in memory of his Strictly Come Dancing win alongside Rose Ayling-Ellis, the first time he bagged the glitterball trophy

It comes after the champs looked delighted to be reunited as they joined the cast of 2021 for the first leg on the tour on Thursday night. 

Ahead of the performance at Birmingham Arena, the EastEnders star, 27, who was the first deaf star to compete on the show, put on a cosy display with Giovanni.

Showing no signs of stage nerves, their bond was clear to see as they beamed at one another for the photocall before dancing in the dress rehearsal.  

Rose turned heads in a spectacular feathered ensemble as she showcased her moves ahead of the cast’s big night. 

Deserving: Rose became the first deaf contestant to win the BBC talent show after winning the hearts of the nation (pictured in December 2021)

Deserving: Rose became the first deaf contestant to win the BBC talent show after winning the hearts of the nation (pictured in December 2021) 

Adorned with thousands of beads, the skintight number accentuated her incredible figure. 

Rose and Giovanni played up to the cameras as they did a number of dance poses, including one where the actress wrapped her leg around him intimately.   

Giovanni and Rose have been pictured enjoying social get-togethers on a number of occasions since winning the show in December.

During their time on Strictly, fans loved the chemistry and friendship that blossomed between the pair – and some couldn’t help but speculate that romance could grow between them.  

Adorable: During their time on Strictly, fans loved the chemistry and friendship that blossomed between the pair - and some couldn't help but speculate that romance could grow between them

Adorable: During their time on Strictly, fans loved the chemistry and friendship that blossomed between the pair – and some couldn’t help but speculate that romance could grow between them

Giovanni did nothing to quash the rumours as he took to Instagram to leave a heartfelt comment to Rose as she summed up her 2021.

Rose reflected over the past year with a series of snaps including selfies with her EastEnders co-stars, as well as behind-the-scenes pictures with Giovanni.

She wrote: ‘Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.

‘That definitely what 2021 did for me, the year of growth, discovery and surprises. I cannot wait to see what 2022 would bring.’  

Giovanni commented underneath with a simple string of red hearts, sending fans wild in the comments.

One wrote: ‘Love you both so much! You would make the most perfect couple.’

Another echoed: ‘I’d actually love you both together. The way you look at each other, always smiling and happy. beautiful both of you.’   

Rose has been with boyfriend Samuel Arnold for seven years, but the low-key couple keep their relationship largely out of the limelight.

Back together: It comes after the champs looked delighted to be reunited as they joined the cast of 2021 for the first leg on the tour on Thursday night (pictured in January 2022)

Back together: It comes after the champs looked delighted to be reunited as they joined the cast of 2021 for the first leg on the tour on Thursday night (pictured in January 2022)

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