This Morning viewers were left emotional just a matter of minutes into the latest show.
Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield were back at the helm of the ITV daytime show on Tuesday when they were part of a Strictly Come Dancing reunion.
The presenting duo were joined in the studio by winners of the BBC One dance contest, Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice.
It is the first time the dancing couple have been seen on screen together since their spectacular win last month.
Technically, Rose and Giovanni already reunited over the weekend with Giovanni documenting their meal out on Instgaram.
But it’s the first time fans of the pair have seen them together on screen since they lifted the Glitterball trophy during the Strictly 2021 final.
“Rose and Giovanni, don’t start me off again #ThisMorning,” @Beckie_Miller_ tweeted.
@kay__tweets shared: “Aww I love Rose and Gio #ThisMorning.”
“Aww Giovanni & Rose, good start to the show #ThisMorning,” @Stepharrnee said.
And after Rose was shown a video of young girls dancing and expressing their gratitude to the actress for inspiring the deaf community, @oyenry said: “These girls showing Rose their appreciation got me welling up. #ThisMorning.”
Phillip spoke to Rose about the news that Google searches for British sign language was up by 488 percent while she appeared on Strictly and added Rose had inspired a whole range of people.
“I think that’s amazing because sign language needs to be more appreciated,” Rose responded. “It’s got such a rich history. The first record of sign language in the UK was 400 years ago.
“People don’t realise it’s such a beautiful language, it’s got its own grammar, its own structure, so it’s really nice to see people inspired by that and want to learn. Even just a small, simple sign can make a big difference.”
The EastEnders star also spoke about her fight to make sign language registered as an official language in England.
“It’s been recognised as a language, but it’s not been official,” she said. “That becomes such a big problem. I have heard so many stories about deaf people going to a doctor appointment and they ask for an interpreter and they don’t refer them an interpreter, so they end up needing their child to translate, or a family member.
“That shouldn’t be. Because it’s not an official language, we can’t do anything about it.”
She added: “I’ve called Rosie Cooper the MP, so I think she’s going to start to debate. It’s passed the first stage but it has to go through the second stage at the end of January.
“If it goes through, and then they have a third one, it will become an official language.”
Fans will be able to see Rose and Giovanni dancing once again as they head out on the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour.
The EastEnders actress and Italian dancer are one of several couples who will be visiting arenas across the country, starting later this month in Birmingham.
On Monday, we reported how Giovanni was the first to praise Strictly after it made a huge change to the tour.
Strictly announced on the social media pages for the tour that a registered BSL Interpreter will be provided for every venue.
And fans were quick to praise the move, as well as credit Rose for inspiring the change as the show’s first ever deaf contestant and winner.