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Strictly viewers convinced Giovanni Pernice’s routine was reference split from Maura Higgins

Strictly Come Dancing viewers were convinced Giovanni Pernice‘s routine with Rose Ayling-Ellis on Saturday night was a reference to his recent split from Maura Higgins.

The twinkle-toed professional, 31, took to the ballroom floor with EastEnders actress Rose, 26, to perform the Vinnese Waltz to Alicia Keys’ song Fallin’, with the pair using sign language to mime an argument as part of their dance.

And eagle-eyed viewers were convinced there was more to the mock tiff than meets the eye, with fans insisting it was an ‘explanation’ of Giovanni’s split from Maura, 30.

Tale to tell? Strictly Come Dancing viewers were convinced Giovanni Pernice’s routine with Rose Ayling-Ellis, 26, on Saturday was a reference to his recent split from Maura Higgins, 30

News of Italian Giovanni’s split from Love Island star Maura emerged earlier this week.

On Saturday evening, Rose and Giovanni could be seen waltzing around the dance floor on Strictly before the soap star was seen stepping away from her partner before they signed their disagreement.

Head judge Shirley Ballas, 61, said the routine reminded her of her ex-husbands, joking: ‘All the saying “go away”, “no come here”, it took me back.’

Break-up: Eagle-eyed viewers were convinced there was more to the mock tiff than meets the eye, with fans insisting it was an 'explanation' of Giovanni's split from Maura this week

Break-up: Eagle-eyed viewers were convinced there was more to the mock tiff than meets the eye, with fans insisting it was an ‘explanation’ of Giovanni’s split from Maura this week

Battling it out: Rose looked unhappy with Giovanni as the pair mocked an argument as part of their performance

Battling it out: Rose looked unhappy with Giovanni as the pair mocked an argument as part of their performance

Love split? Giovanni could be seen using sign language as part of the routine when the pair performed an argument

Love split? Giovanni could be seen using sign language as part of the routine when the pair performed an argument

Turning her back: Rose could be seen walking away from Giovanni, prompting him to stop her before the pair moved into a passionate performance

Turning her back: Rose could be seen walking away from Giovanni, prompting him to stop her before the pair moved into a passionate performance

More than meets the eye? Viewers were convinced there was an underlying message behind the routine

More than meets the eye? Viewers were convinced there was an underlying message behind the routine

And viewers were convinced there was an underlying message behind the routine, with one person tweeting: ‘Anyone else think that “argument” and Giovanni’s “explanation” was about him and Maura?! #StrictlyComeDancing #Strictly.’

Another fan posted: ‘Interesting concept considering Gio just split with Maura.’

While another viewer wrote: ‘Was Giovanni describing his relationship with Maura? #strictly.’

Comic relief: Head judge Shirley Ballas, 61, said the routine reminded her of her ex-husbands, joking: 'All the saying "go away", "no come here", it took me back.'

Comic relief: Head judge Shirley Ballas, 61, said the routine reminded her of her ex-husbands, joking: ‘All the saying “go away”, “no come here”, it took me back.’

MailOnline has contacted a representative for Giovanni and the BBC for comment. 

News Giovanni and Maura had spit after four months together emerged this week.  

The romance between the pair reportedly went sour after days of moving in together. 

The Irish beauty is said to be ‘absolutely devastated.’

End of the road: Maura and Giovanni, 31, split up after their four-month relationship, with the news emerging earlier this week

End of the road: Maura and Giovanni, 31, split up after their four-month relationship, with the news emerging earlier this week

A source told The Sun: ‘It’s all over for now. Maura’s absolutely devastated, it appears the Strictly curse has struck again.

‘Pals are hoping that they can patch things up. But only time will tell whether they’ll work things out as Giovanni is so busy.’

The Italian dancer has been putting Rose through her paces on Strictly and they have become good friends, with Giovanni showcasing the sign language he’s learned from her on social media. 

Split: The romance between the Love Island star and the Strictly pro reportedly went sour days after moving in together

Split: The romance between the Love Island star and the Strictly pro reportedly went sour days after moving in together

Training: The Italian dancer has been putting Rose Ayling-Ellis through her paces on Strictly Come Dancing - and they have become good friends

Training: The Italian dancer has been putting Rose Ayling-Ellis through her paces on Strictly Come Dancing – and they have become good friends

‘Maura’s decided to take a step back and let him concentrate on the show,’ the source concluded. 

MailOnline contacted representatives for Maura and Giovanni for comment.       

The news of the split closely follows Monday’s reports that Maura had deleted almost all of the photos of Giovanni from her Instagram page, which led to rumours that the pair had broken up. 

The Glow Up Ireland host last posted a photo with the dancer on September 24 in a carousel advertisement post, where the two look as loved up as ever as they embrace one another.  

Giovanni has also deleted the reality star from his page without a trace. 

Over: The news of the split closely follows Monday's reports that Maura had deleted almost all of the photos of Giovanni from her Instagram page

Over: The news of the split closely follows Monday’s reports that Maura had deleted almost all of the photos of Giovanni from her Instagram page

The reported end of their whirlwind romance may be as a result of the Strictly curse, which sees celebrities splitting with their romantic partners while on the show, or shortly after.  

Many viewers have commented that Giovanni and EastEnders actress Rose would be ‘cute’ together. 

But there is nothing to suggest they are anything more than just friends.  

Happier times: The Glow Up Ireland host last posted a photo with the dancer on September 24, where the two look as loved up as ever as they embrace one another

Happier times: The Glow Up Ireland host last posted a photo with the dancer on September 24, where the two look as loved up as ever as they embrace one another

Victims of the so-called ‘curse’ have included Stacey Dooley, Susanna Reid and Sean Walsh.

Maura posted to Instagram earlier this week a video from inside her London apartment expressing her joy of it ‘finally’ being ‘moving day’ leading fans to speculate she was moving in with the hunk.

An insider revealed to MailOnline earlier this month that ‘things have become serious very quickly’ between the pair. 

Oh no: The Strictly Come Dancing professional has also deleted the reality star from his page without a trace

Oh no: The Strictly Come Dancing professional has also deleted the reality star from his page without a trace

Whirlwind romance: An insider revealed to MailOnline earlier this month that 'things have become serious very quickly' between the pair

Whirlwind romance: An insider revealed to MailOnline earlier this month that ‘things have become serious very quickly’ between the pair

A source said: ‘Things have become serious very quickly between Maura and Gio and they are now ready to move things up a level by getting their own place.

‘They both lead incredibly busy lives and spend a lot of time on the road working – so having somewhere they can come back to and always be together is incredibly important. 

‘They have been talking about it and would like to start looking as soon as they can.’ 

Curse? The end of their whirlwind romance may be as a result of the Strictly curse, which sees celebrities splitting with their romantic partners

Curse? The end of their whirlwind romance may be as a result of the Strictly curse, which sees celebrities splitting with their romantic partners 

Dance partners: Many viewers have commented that Giovanni and EastEnders actress Rose would be 'cute' together

Dance partners: Many viewers have commented that Giovanni and EastEnders actress Rose would be ‘cute’ together

Maura shot to fame on the dating show, entering the Villa as a bombshell where she tried to steal now BFF’s man Tommy Fury. 

After this, the beauty coupled up with Curtis Pritchard following his split with Amy Hart on the show. 

The former couple were together for around eight months after exiting the villa before she grew close to fellow Islander Chris Taylor.

Ex-files: Maura shot to fame on the dating show, and coupled up with Curtis Pritchard following his split with Amy Hart on the show

Ex-files: Maura shot to fame on the dating show, and coupled up with Curtis Pritchard following his split with Amy Hart on the show

Split: The former couple were together for around eight months after exiting the villa before she grew close to fellow Islander Chris Taylor before splitting earlier this year

Split: The former couple were together for around eight months after exiting the villa before she grew close to fellow Islander Chris Taylor before splitting earlier this year 

Chris and Maura made things official last year before eventually splitting earlier this year. 

Giovanni, meanwhile, has previously been linked with TOWIE star Jess Wright, Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts and Coronation Street’s Georgia May Foote. 

He was also rumoured to be romantically connected to Hollyoaks star Katie McGlynn, who also starred on this year’s Strictly. 

Ex: Giovanni, meanwhile, has previously been linked with TOWIE star Jess Wright, Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts (pictured) and Coronation Street's Georgia May Foote

Ex: Giovanni, meanwhile, has previously been linked with TOWIE star Jess Wright, Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts (pictured) and Coronation Street’s Georgia May Foote


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