Rose Ayling-Ellis breaks her hearing aid in rehearsal

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Rose Ayling-Ellis faced an added challenge after her hearing aid broke during rehearsal. (BBC)

Come dance strictly competitor Rose Ayling-Ellis faced an added challenge after breaking her hearing aid during rehearsal this week.

The EastEnders the star opened the show in week 4 of the Prince’s Cha Cha Cha Celebrity Dance Competition Raspberry beret with his professional partner Giovanni Pernice.

Then host Claudia winkleman revealed Ayling-Ellis – who is a profoundly deaf competitor and uses hearing aids and sign language to communicate had struggled to learn Latin dance without her hearing aid.

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The 26-year-old actor said, “Really, it’s normal life for deaf people – I break my hearing aid all the time. But it was really the wrong time during Cha Cha Cha week!”

And her Italian dance partner Pernice, 31, admitted she was screaming very loud as she spoke to him without her hearing aid.

He said, “It’s like talking to a loudspeaker!”

Ayling-Ellis explained, “Usually I hear myself when I speak, but I speak until I can feel the vibrations in my chest.”

The couple scored a respectable 27 out of 40 for their performance, and judge Craig Revel Horwood praised the chemistry between the two on the dance floor.

    Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice were praised for the strength of their partnership.  (BBC)

Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice were praised for the strength of their partnership. (BBC)

He told them, “I particularly like the partnership itself. The partnership between you is very strong.

Ayling-Ellis has previously stated that she hopes to be a role model for deaf youth and show what they can do by being on the show.

She told Yahoo UK: “I feel like I have a purpose – because I’m deaf and I’m the first deaf person on Strictly, I think this will be a good opportunity to break down stereotypes of what deaf people can and cannot do.

Rose Ayling-Ellis is the first profound deafness contestant for 'Strictly'.  (BBC)

Rose Ayling-Ellis is the first profound deafness contestant for ‘Strictly’. (BBC)

“Many people think that [deaf] people can’t hear the music, and enjoy the music and like to dance. And I thought it would be a good platform to break that stereotype. “

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Strictly two couples were missing this weekend because Ugo Monye and Oti Mabuse must take a week off to allow Monye to recover from a back injury, and Robert webb and Diane Buswell left the show due to health issues.

Webb had open heart surgery two years ago and his doctor advised him not to continue competing as he began to experience worrying symptoms.


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