Strictly Come Dancing pro Giovanni Pernice said the reaction to the silent moment in his routine with Rose Ayling-Ellis on the dance show was greater than they expected.
astEnders actress Ayling-Ellis, 27, last year became the first deaf contestant to win alongside professional dance partner Pernice Strictly, and her routine – during which they stopped the music and danced in silence in tribute to the deaf community – is among the six Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment Award nominees at upcoming Bafta TV ceremony.
The award, which is the only one voted for by the public, celebrates the diversity of British television and the moments that got our nation talking, tweeting and laughing in 2021.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Pernice said: “The feeling in the room was just superb, it was more than just a dance, it was more than just 16 seconds of silence.
“It was more for us to show what Rose is feeling each week, and I think since we did that moment, people have realized how difficult it was for Rose to dance and … so it was really special.” .”
When asked about the impact of their dance, he told Dan Walker and Sally Nugent, “I knew it was going to be an important dance for Rose and the deaf community, but the reaction was bigger than we thought.”
Also nominated in the Must-See Moment category is Adele’s on-screen reunion with the teacher that changed her life during ITV’s ‘An Audience With Adele’ – which aired last November.
The singer was surprised on stage by Mrs McDonald from Chestnut Grove School in Balham, who taught her before joining the prestigious Brit School as a teenager.
I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! was also nominated for the moment presenting duo Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly investigated alleged lockdown busting parties at Downing Street.
During an episode of the jungle reality show, the couple jokingly referred to alleged breaches of Covid regulations, saying the show’s contestants “categorically deny” any suggestion that they were throwing a party at the Welsh castle where the show is taking place.
They added, “And this fictional party definitely didn’t involve cheese and wine or a secret Santa.”
Donnelly then looked straight into the camera and said, “Evening Prime Minister… for now.”
Netflix has received a nomination for the gruesome red-light-green-light game starring in the first episode of the South Korean hit series Squid Game.
Colin’s devastating AIDS diagnosis in Channel 4 drama It’s A Sin and Bimini Bon Boulash’s verse in UK’s UK Hun? on BBC Three complete the list of nominees.
Sara Putt, Chair of Bafta’s Television Committee, said: “We are thrilled to unveil the six moments that truly showcase the best and most talked about programming of 2021 and showcase what Bafta is all about: excellence and inspiration.
“Television in 2021 has highlighted the importance and power of entertainment. From heartwarming moments to raising awareness of vitally important issues, the shows and moments nominated for Virgin Media’s 2022 Must-See Moment Award reflect our TV habits over the past year and perfectly celebrate the relationship between TV viewers and the people who make them.
“I’m so excited to see what the public votes as the winner of their Virgin Media must-see moment in what is sure to be a tight competition.”
Voting for the winner of the award is now open until April 19 at 5:00 p.m. and fans can vote www.virginmedia.com/bafta.
The winner will be announced at the Virgin Media Bafta TV Awards on May 8th.
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