Strictly fans spot clue Shirley Ballas is secretly rooting for Giovanni Pernice and Rose Ayling-Ellis to WIN series

STRICTLY fans spotted a clue Shirley Ballas is rooting for Giovanni Pernice and Rose Ayling-Ellis to WIN the series.

It comes after head judge was slammed for scoring the EastEnders star just four points for her debut dance on the BBC show.

It nows seems Shirley, 61, has changed her tune about 26-year-old actress Rose, who plays Danny Dyer's on-screen daughter Frankie in the BBC soap.

When the dancing maestro teased her excitement about Sunday's results show on Instagram yesterday, one fan typed beneath her post: "I'll be glued to BBC at 19.30pm! I'm rutting for Rose and Giovanni to win!"

And Shirley gave the comment her seal of approval as she replied back with two fire emjois and two love hearts.

It comes after Shirley awarded Rose low marks after she took to the dancefloor for the first time with Giovanni last month.

The pair danced an energetic jive to Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off, with Shirley saying: “Shout out to wardrobe for that stunning dress… gorgeous.

"Timing – check, styling – check, rhythm – check, personality – check; now start working on your feet, what's a heel, what's a toe.

"It's a little flat footed for me."

Those watching at home were not impressed with her scoring and took to Twitter to question it – after Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood, and Anton DuBeke gave her a six.

One person wrote: “Where the hell did 4 come from Shirley for Rose Ayling-Ellis??? #StrictlyComeDancing.”

A second added: “someone please tell shirley to give up her vendetta against eastenders actresses, she underscored and criticised maisie last year and now she’s doing it to poor rose (who for the record was AH.MAY.ZING tonight).”

Rose is a pioneering contestant on the show, being the first ever deaf celeb to take part.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the new series starting, she said: "I wanted to do Strictly because I feel like I’ve got a purpose because I am deaf. To be the first deaf person on Strictly, I feel it would be a good chance to break the stereotype of what deaf people can and cannot do.

“A lot of people think deaf people can’t hear the music and enjoy the music and enjoy the dancing, so I thought it would be good to break that.”

Rose is joined on the series by her interpreter, who is on hand to help during rehearsals and also during deliberations so the star can understand the feedback.

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