How will deaf star Rose Ayling-Ellis hear the music on Strictly Come Dancing?

STRICTLY Come Dancing is welcoming its first ever deaf contestant, EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis.

But some fans have been left wondering how a hearing-impaired contestant will be able to take part in a show that relies on listening to music.

How will deaf star Rose Ayling-Ellis hear the music on Strictly Come Dancing?

Rose herself has explained how she will be able to pick up the beat of the music, so that she can dance in time to the music on Strictly.

The actress told BBC News: "It is a common misconception that deaf people can't enjoy music.

"I have a hearing aid, so I pick up some of the music and I can hear the beat. I can hear someone singing, but I can't identify exact words. I also feel the vibrations."

This means the vibrations from the live band led by Dave Arch can be felt through the large dancefloor at the show's Elstree studios.

The EastEnders star said she will be able to use her professional partner for guidance to stay in time with the rhythm.

"I will be focusing on reading my partner's body language plus counting in my head, which will help me with timing," she says. "So for me it's a combination of everything."

Rose added: "However not all deaf people are the same, every deaf person will have their own unique experience with music.

"I do love music and I can't wait to be taught how to dance at a professional level for Strictly!"

The US version of the show, Dancing With The Stars, has already had a deaf contestant. Model, actor and deaf activist Nyle DiMarco won the 2016 series with his professional dance partner Peta Murgatroy

When is Strictly Come Dancing 2021 on TV and how can I watch it?

Strictly Come Dancing launches TOMORROW (September 18, 2021).

You can catch the action from 7.45pm on BBC One.

The live shows then kick off the following week.

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