Strictly fans confused as Roses boyfriend is snubbed in good luck message

Strictly fans were puzzled as Rose Ayling-Ellis's boyfriend was left out of a video message wishing her luck in the final.

The EastEnders actress is set to take on former Bake Off winner John Whaite in the finale of the BBC ballroom show on Saturday night.

As she geared up for the big event, Rose's family and friends recorded a special video for her which was shown on spin-off It Takes Two.

However, her boyfriend Samuel Arnold, who Rose has been dating for years, was nowhere to be seen and some viewers were wondering why.

"Where was Rose's boyfriend?" one person posted on Twitter.

Another asked: "How come they've never had Rose's boyfriend on?"

The actress – who is making history as Strictly's first ever deaf contestant – did get a sweet message from her mum Donna who said how "brave" her daughter was.

"As a little girl, she was always really happy, always laughing, never frightened of anything," she said.

"The most brave person I know actually. The thing that made me cry was her happiness. It just showed how proud she was of her deaf identity."

Rose's brother Jacob said learning that his sister was going on Strictly had been "mind-blowing".

"She's just powering through and saying to the public, I can do everything that anyone else can do if I'm given that opportunity," he said.

Rose is dancing with pro Giovanni Pernice on the show, and fans have loved watching their close friendship develop.

They are up against John and his pro partner Johannes Radebe. The pair are also making Strictly history as they are the first all-male partnership to try to get their hands on the coveted Glitterball.

TV presenter AJ Odudu was also supposed to be in the final with her partner Kai Widdrington but she had to pull out after damaging her ankle.

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