Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Giovanni Pernice revealed he asked the shows bosses to pair him with Rose Ayling-Ellis.
Rose, 27, is the first ever deaf contestant to take part in the BBC ballroom dancing series and has become a fan favourite during the series.
The pair are entering the 10th week of the show tonight and have proved to be a good match. Giovanni has told Radio Times she was who he wanted to be partnered with.
Talking about Rose, he commented: “I don’t know… I feel that with Rose, I have a person I can talk to, and she can listen to me, and give me positivity. And that’s what I need.”
Speaking to Radio Times, he continued: “She was the one I wanted to dance with from the beginning.”
The actress said that she also asked to be partnered with the professional dancer.
“I had a gut feeling you were going to be a good partner for me,” she stated.
The Frankie Lewis star added: “Because in the deaf community, we’re really, really expressive.
“We are very direct. And you’re [Giovanni] direct.”
Last week’s musical-themed episode saw the couple dance the quickstep to Frozen’s Love Is An Open Door.
“It’s such a highlight watching you dance,” judge Motsi Mabuse told them.
“There are so many factors that have improved in your dancing.
“Your posture, the way you express yourself, and there is a combination of just fun and pureness which I loved.”
She pointed out there was a “tiny mistake”, which Giovanni confessed was his doing.
“Yes, it was my mistake,” he commented, raising his hand.
“Well, I saw it, Giovanni,” the judge replied. “But besides that, everything else was just up there and it’s just a joy to watch.”
Shirley Ballas was also full of praise for the contestants.
“Like Motsi said, on so many levels, it was outstanding,” she told them.
“I was excited, I was looking at the feet. I want to channel my inner Craig and say ‘fab-u-‘ but I just couldn’t give you the ‘lous’ because there was a mistake at the end!”
Giovanni apologised to the EastEnders star, who told him not to worry about it.
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The judges went on to score them 37 points and as it stands, the pair are still frontrunners to lift the Glitterball Trophy.
They also smashed a Strictly record by receiving the earliest ever perfect score of 40.
Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 6.55pm on BBC One.