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Strictly champ Kelvin Fletcher throws support behind one 2021 contestant amid line-up news

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Former Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher, 37, has got firmly behind EastEnders star, Rose Ayling-Ellis, 26, for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing crown. The actor shared his support with his 270,000 Twitter followers last night, hours after the actress was confirmed as part of the line-up. 

I’m really really excited, but I feel like now it’s out there’s no going back.

Rose Ayling-Ellis

The Strictly champion reposted EastEnders’ announcement video, giving audiences an inside look at Rose’s excitement to be in this year’s show. 

Kelvin commented: “@RoseAylingEllis all the way! @bbcstrictly.”

This comes after Kelvin took the title for the soaps in 2019, with his partner Oti Mabuse, 31. 

The latter has won the last two consecutive shows, after last year’s triumph with Bill Bailey.

Kelvin, alongside his acting career, ventured into motor racing in 2012. 

He is part of the British GT Championship, and was in Snetterton racing last weekend. 

Rose will be the first ever deaf contestant to compete in the BBC series. 

The soap regular, who plays Frankie Lewis in EastEnders said in the video: “I’m really really excited, but I feel like now it’s out there’s no going back. 

“That’s it, I’m doing it.”

Rose went on to talk about the misconceptions surrounding deaf people and enjoying music and dance. 

She said: “I’m so so excited and I think it would be great to break the stereotype that people think that deaf people can’t enjoy music and learn to dance.” 

In the comments, co-star Shona McGarty reacted to show her support for the actress. 

Shona said: “YAY! So excited and happy for you! @RoseAylingEllis Your gonna smash it girl xxx.”

EastEnders fans have also filled the video feed with loving comments alongside Kelvin, backing Rose to bring the Glitterball back to Walford. 

One fan said: “You have my support all the way… as someone who is partially deaf this is incredible that you are standing tall and showing everyone that being deaf or hard of hearing doesn’t mean music and dance is just muffled noise. Best of luck.” 

In another first for Strictly this autumn, The Great British Bake Off winner, John Whaite is to compete in the show’s first all-male partnership. 

Other stars announced for this year’s Strictly line up include: Nina Wadia, Greg Wise, Tilly Ramsay, Dan Walker, Tom Fletcher and Robert Webb. 

There have also been four new Strictly professionals this year. 

Kai Widdrington, Nikita Kuzmin, Cameron Lombard and Jowita Przystał will join the Strictly professionals. 

Three celebrity contestants are yet to be named.

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