Strictly Come Dancing's Rose Ayling-Ellis, who is the show's first deaf contestant, has revealed how she trains without being able to hear the music.

Rose, who is best known for playing Frankie Lewis in EastEnders, will have an interpreter with her throughout the entire process so she knows what's going on all the time.

The 26-year-old relies on counting and knowing the beat of the music to remember and perform the dance moves of her routine.

She is partnered with professional dancer Giovanni Pernice and when the duo appeared on BBC News on Friday morning, she explained how they're getting ready for their first dance on Saturday.

Rose rehearsing with her professional dance partner Giovanni Pernice (

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Rose will have an interpreter with her throughout the entire process so she knows what's going on all the time (

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She said: "I can't do my job the same as everyone else if I don't have equal access to it.

"So if you provide me my access then I'll do my job the same as everybody else is.

"I like to try to do better just to... because I like to prove people's expectations of me are wrong.

"I'm not really relying on the music, I'm relying on counting and the beat.

Rose relies on counting and knowing the beat of the music to remember and perform the dance moves of her routine (

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The duo are getting ready for the first live show (

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"Giovanni is helping me with counting to make sure I get my count first, started at the most important beat, and then hopefully from then onwards it's OK."

The channel then showed the duo dancing with Giovanni counting and Rose doing the moves like a pro.

He said: "She can dance, people will be very surprised. She can dance.

"It's gonna be different, it's gonna be a challenge for both of us because I've never done it like this, I've never experience anything like this before.

The pair's first dance is a difficult one as they will be doing the jive to Shake It Off by Taylor Swift (

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"I'm more connected to my partner in this case because I know that this is the only way we can communicate, instead of maybe being distracted by something else that is in the studio or in the room.

"For me obviously my priority is my partner and I have to look after her."

The channel then showed a clip of Rose showing Giovanni how to spell out his name in sign language.

"That's it, you're a good student!" she told him.

The cast of Strictly Come Dancing 2021 (

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"I'm a good student, let's go and jive now," he said.

Rose and Giovanni are busy preparing for Saturday night's live show, the first episode of the series when the contestants and their professional dancing partners will compete.

The pair's first dance is a difficult one as they will be doing the jive to Shake It Off by Taylor Swift.

*Strictly airs on Saturday at 7pm on BBC One

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