Strictly fans spot Giovanni Pernice and Rose Ayling-Ellis’ lucky charm as the couple score the highest mark

Giovanni Pernice and Rose Ayling Strictly
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Strictly fans have noticed Giovanni Pernice and Rose Ayling-Ellis' lucky charm as they score the highest mark possible.

Strictly Come Dancing fans have picked up on Giovanni Pernice and Rose Ayling-Ellis' lucky charm as speculation continues as to whether Rose and Giovanni are a couple (opens in new tab) in real life too.

The EastEnders actress and her Italian professional dance partner scored a clean 40/40 by getting the first four 10s of the series in week 6. Which is also the earliest four 10s in Strictly history.

And unlike other contestants, Rose is the show's first-ever deaf dancer - with her partner Giovanni Pernice learning sign language (opens in new tab) to help communicate the routine with her.

But it's Giovanni, who split from his girlfriend Maura Higgins (opens in new tab) in the latest Strictly Curse (opens in new tab), coincidentally has a lucky charm for him and Rose and fans have made the connection.

One fan tweeted, 'Have we ever acknowledged that Gio has a rose tattoo on his hand?! Don’t know why that comes to my mind now. I just love a good fun fact. #strictly'

Obviously, Giovanni didn't know Rose at the time he had the tattoo done but could it be fate - or a sign that they were destined to dance together?

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Giovanni got the new inking back in 2020 when he described it as his "new baby" and it was an early 30th birthday present from his former dance partner Michelle Visage who starred in the 2019 series of the BBC One show.

As he posted on Instagram, a large rose tattoo was visible on the back of his hand as he rested his chin.

'Welcome to my new baby!!!'

Praising the tattoo artist who created his inking, he went on to say, 'Incredible job by @mileslangford... You mate are a star!!'

The Latin and ballroom dancer added, 'And thank you to my amazing friend and partner in crime @michellevisage for the early bday present. Love ya!!!'

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Meanwhile, another ran previously commented, 'Do u ever see old pics of Gio before his rose tattoo and think his hand looks naked.'

And with Giovanni now competing in Strictly Come Dancing 2021 with Rose Ayling-Ellis, the inking couldn't be more fitting.

It comes after Giovanni and Rose's dance earlier in the contest was a nod to his ex Maura (opens in new tab).

The couple wowed judges this weekend with their twisted Tango dance to Ed Sheeran's hit Shivers.

And you can watch Strictly Giovanni Pernice and Rose Ayling-Ellis' reaction to the scores in the clip below...

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And Giovanni isn't the only one with a rose tattoo, Strictly's former It Takes Two presenter (opens in new tab) Zoe Ball got a rose inking but for a heartbreaking reason.

Let's hope Giovanni's rose tattoo continues to bring him and Rose luck week after week.

Selina Maycock
Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.