Rose tipped to make a fortune as the BBC’s new Stacey Dooley
By Katie Hind SHOWBUSINESS EDITOR
STRICTLY Come Dancing star Rose Ayling-Ellis is tipped to become one of the BBC’s highest profile faces. The public has fallen in love with the 27-year-old deaf actress, particularly after she and professional dance partner Giovanni Pernice performed part of their dance in silence to raise awareness of deafness. With the EastEnders star now among the favourites to win the competition, Corporation chiefs are understood to be in discussions for her to front documentaries and other entertainment programmes, rather like Stacey Dooley, who won Strictly three years ago and signed a deal worth more than £200,000 a year with the BBC. Miss Ayling-Ellis has won acclaim for raising awareness of the deaf community. As well as talking about having subtitled TV programmes, she is set to heap pressure on social media companies to put them on videos such as those on Instagram Stories. One source said: ‘Rose is a star and is exactly what the BBC need. The nation has fallen in love with her. Everything about her is so charming and lovely. ‘She has won a fan base of millions of people in the matter of a few weeks. She resonates with the young and the old, which is exactly what the BBC needs right now – and there are a number of projects being discussed for her after the show.’ Miss Ayling-Ellis and Mr Pernice, 31, reduced Strictly’s judges to tears when their chosen track, Symphony by Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson, fell silent but they continued to dance. The performance was dedicated to the deaf community and showed how Miss Ayling-Ellis cannot hear the music as she dances. The couple later described it as their ‘special moment’ and it is tipped to win the Bafta TV Moment of the Year prize at next year’s ceremony. Last night, Miss Ayling-Ellis and Mr Pernice scored 37 out of 40 for their quickstep to Love Is An Open Door from the Broadway musical version of Frozen. Cynthia Erivo, who joined the judging panel in place of Craig Revel Horwood, who tested positive for Covid, awarded a maximum ten and described the routine as ‘gorgeous’ and ‘joyful’. The leaderboard was topped by TV presenter Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin, who scored a perfect 40. McFly singer Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden, along with BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova, were joint bottom with 31 points each.