Eleven Million Fans turned in to see the soap celebrity “Rose Ayling-Ellis” as history is going to be made because the first ever deaf winner of “Strictly Come Dancing”.
The actor of EastEnder gained the glitterball trophy in the BBC One show alongside her partner, Giovanni Pernice, defeating John Whaite the Great British Bake Off winner, and his partner, Johannes Radebe, the first male pairing on the show.
The figures gave BBC One a 57.8% in a single day rating, with the program peaking at 12.3 million 7M viewers, an enormous increase at the release of the show was held in September which was watched by viewers on an average.
Ayling-Ellis and Pernice claimed victory after they performed a show dance, a quickstep, and their Pairs choice routine. After their show dance to The Rose by Bette Midler, inspired by Romeo and Juliet, Ayling-Ellis stated: “Because of Strictly I’ve become more of me than I’ve ever been.”
Both finalist couples had matching ratings during the final, receiving a very perfect 40 for their revisited preferred dances and show dances. Although, the judges’ marks did now no longer matter to the final result that turned entirely right all the way down to the general public vote.
The actor, who has become the first deaf contestant on the program, had used an interpreter in the course of the series. The couple’s choice dance performed by her became repeated in the final, shared her deafness experiences, and featured an extended period of silence.
In disability equality charity Scope defined Ayling-Ellis’s contribution in the program as a “huge step forward” for the representation of disability, however, called on more broadcasters to feature talented disabled people, pronouncing there has been nevertheless a long way to further improve the representation of disabled people on Television.
The charity’s government director of strategy, James Taylor, stated: “For Rose Ayling Ellis to have starred week after week on Saturday night time primetime – and then won the glitterball trophy – is a massive step forward.
“However, there is nonetheless a totally lengthy way to move until disabled actors are justly featured on-screen. There are 14.1 million disabled citizens withinside the UK and their lives and stories aren’t being told.
The chief executive at the Royal National Institute for Deaf People, Mark Atkinson, stated Ayling-Ellis’s performance at the program had given audiences “a stunning perception into the deaf community and deaf culture”.
Strictly Come Dancing will be broadcast on Christmas Day for a festive unique on BBC One.