Strictly Come Dancing 2021: Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice kick off the show with a powerful Paso Doble as Cynthia Erivo replaces Motsi Mabuse after COVID scare
The tenth week of Strictly Come Dancing kicked off on Saturday night with a powerful Paso Doble by Rose Ayling-Ellis and her pro partner Giovanni Pernice.
The deaf actress, 27, and the Italian dancer, 31, performed the out-of-comfort-zone routine to Sia’s California Dreamin’, which received mostly positive feedback from the judges.
Head judge Shirley Ballas praised: ‘What a way to open the show. You are a class act. You are bringing it week in and week out.’
Strictly Come Dancing 2021: Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice kicked off week 10 with a powerful Paso Doble
Craig Revel Horwood, who was back on the panel after testing positive for COVID-19, commended the choreography however wasn’t as impressed as his fellow judges.
‘I thought it was a little upright and stiff. I didn’t feel you pound around the floor as much as you could,’ he said.
They scored 33 for their efforts.
Elsewhere, Cynthia Erivo made her second appearance on the judging panel, this week filling in for Motsi Mabuse, who revealed she wouldn’t be on the show after being pinged by NHS Test and Trace.
Stand-in: Elsewhere, Cynthia Erivo made her second appearance on the judging panel, this week filling in for Motsi Mabuse, who revealed she wouldn’t be on the show after being pinged by NHS Test and Trace.
The stand-in used sign language amongs some of her comments, saying: ‘You have this power in you that moves across the floor. Well done.’
Earlier this week, Motsi, 40, explained that while she is triple jabbed, she is currently in Germany and is not able to travel back due to UK Government guidelines, which do not recognise the vaccines she received.
Motsi’s news comes a week after Craig Revel Horwood was forced to pull out of last week’s show after testing positive for Covid-19 .
Taking to her Twitter page on Friday, Motsi wrote: ‘I am gutted to say I will have to miss this weekend on Strictly… yesterday, I was contacted by NHS Test and Trace as being in close contact with someone on Sunday November 21 who has since tested positive.
Missing out: Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse revealed she won’t be on the judging panel this week after being pinged by track and trace
Being double vaccinated & booster as I am, would normally mean exemption from isolation under the ‘close contact’ rules, but unfortunately German EU vaccinations are not recognised and neither is my booster in this instance.
‘So I must follow UK Government Guidance and can only return after 30 November 2021 to the UK. Our health is the most important thing and luckily I have been tested multiple times this week and am negative.
‘I am healthy, I am with my family that’s what matters! I wish everyone good luck, sending you my love. Keep dancing. Until then, lots of love and stay safe xx.’
The government website states the EU Digital Covid Certificate (EUDCC) is not recognised as proof of vaccination for passengers travelling to the UK.
A spokesperson for the show then confirmed that guest judge Cynthia Erivo – who covered for Craig last week – would return to take Moti’s place.
Explanation: The professional dancer, 40, said although she has been tripled jabbed she must still isolate because her vaccinations which were done in Germany are not recognised