‘That was so special!’ Strictly Come Dancing’s Cynthia Erivo is lauded by viewers for using sign language with Rose Ayling-Ellis
The stand-in judge, 34, who had taken over from Craig Revel Horwood following his positive Covid test, left viewers in awe of her efforts.
Rose, 27, and her on-screen partner Giovanni Pernice had transformed into Anna and Hans from Disney’s Frozen for a quickstep to Love Is An Open Door.
Surprise: Cynthia Erivo was lauded by Strictly Come Dancing fans after she communicated with sign language to Rose Ayling-Ellis following her performance
After host Tess Daly asked Cynthia for her feedback on the performance, she told the EastEnders star she is ‘joyful’ while using sign language to speak with the deaf contestant.
She said: ‘That was so much fun to watch, and you managed to get all the characterisation and the mood and the feeling all in one. It was gorgeous, so thank you.’
Following the exchange, Strictly fanatics rushed to their keyboards to share their delight at Rose’s reaction to the sweet gesture.
One wrote: ‘Aw Rose’s face when Cynthia signed to her! That was special. Great addition to the judging panel. #Strictly.’
Happy: After host Tess Daly asked Cynthia for her feedback on the performance, she told the EastEnders star she is ‘joyful’ while using sign language to speak with the deaf contestant
Talented: Rose, 27, and her on-screen partner Giovanni Pernice had transformed into Anna and Hans from Disney’s Frozen for a quickstep to Love Is An Open Door
Team: The pair certainly showed off their close bond during the performance
A second added: ‘THAT WAS AMAZINGGGGGG. BEST DANCE OF THE NIGHT SO FAR!!! Should’ve been 40 #fightme and Cynthia should be a permanent judge cause she gave rose a 10!!! #Strictly #StrictlyComeDancing #Strictly2021.’
Another chimed in: ‘Petition to make Cynthia Erivo a permanent #Strictly judge. Wise, fair, effortlessly cool, and doing BSL for Rose.’
A fourth penned: ‘Cynthia too including BSL to give her feedback to Rose [three clapping emojis] #Strictly.’
Concluding, another wrote: ‘Lovely seeing Cynthia Erivo making the effort to sign to Rose with her comments #Strictly.’
Wow! Following the exchange, Strictly fanatics rushed to their keyboards to share their delight at Rose’s reaction to the sweet gesture
Rose and Giovanni scored 37 out of 40 for their rendition, with Cynthia presenting the pair with a maximum 10.
The leaderboard was topped by TV presenter Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin, who scored a perfect 40.
Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Craig tested positive for COVID-19 and would be absent from this weekend’s Strictly shows.
The Strictly Come Dancing judge is currently self-isolating and hopes to be back in action the following week.
A Strictly spokesperson said: ‘Craig Revel Horwood has tested positive for Covid-19 and is now self-isolating following the latest government guidelines.
‘While Craig will not be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this weekend, all being well he will return the following week.’
STRICTLY COME DANCING – WEEK 9 (MUSICALS WEEK) LEADERBOARD
Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin – Couple’s Choice to Revolting Children from Matilda – 40
AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington – Waltz to Edelweiss from The Sound of Music – 38
Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice – Quickstep to Love Is An Open Door from Frozen – 37
Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu – Jive to Footloose from Footloose – 32
John Whaite and Johannes Radebe – Viennese Waltz to Chim Chim Cher-ee from Mary Poppins – 32
Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden – Couple’s Choice to On My Own from Les Misérables – 31
Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova – Charleston to Good Morning from Singin’ In The Rain – 31