'Strictly's Gio and Rose show 'unconscious want' to be together with secret signs'
The whole success of Strictly Come Dancing is not wholly on the dancing, but it also has to do with the level of rapport and connection the contestants have with their partners.
Since day one, Giovanni Pernice and Rose Ayling-Ellis have always enjoyed what we call 'deep rapport'.
One of the key signs of having this type of rapport is someone’s willingness to have the other person in their intimate, or what we psychologists call, proximal zones.
What we see from Giovanni and Rose is the unconscious want for each other to be in each other’s proximal zones, particularly as some of the dances are quite intimate, like their slow, contemporary routine on Saturday. Therefore it's not difficult to see how people can become connected on a deep level.
One of the other main indicators that someone is in a deep state of connection with another person is eye contact.
Normal eye contact between individuals is generally between three to five seconds.
If we look at the footage of Giovanni wishing Rose a happy birthday in the back of a car, we can see the pair exchange several looks with each other for longer than this period. Her pupils are also dilated and she has a faraway look in her eye. This is generally reserved for romantic partners.
Generally you will have this look if you care very deeply about someone, such as romantic partners, close friends or your children, and we certainly see that level of connection between the pair in this footage.
Much has been made of where Rose’s boyfriend Samuel Arnold fits in to the cosy twosome, and I noticed in the photos of him walking up to BBC Studio at the weekend that he appears to share a fake smile where his whole face is not engaged and he shows no sign of crows feet - the signal of an actual true grin.
However, this may have just been for the cameras and everything is fine - who knows what really goes on behind the scenes of Strictly Come Dancing?
*Strictly continues tomorrow night at 6.35pm on BBC One
TV’s ‘Human Lie Detector’ Darren Stanton, a former police detective turned celebrity behavioural expert with 26 years analysing deception detection and emotional signals, was writing for the Mirror from BettingExpert.com