STRICTLY Come Dancing star Ellie Simmonds has revealed she has a “big crush” on her professional dance partner Nikita Kuzmin.
The pair have been competing together in the latest series of the BBC One dancing competition – and have formed a close bond.
In their behind-the-scenes training update, viewers watched on as the pair got busy rehearsing ahead of their latest performance.
The dancing couple – who performed the Salsa to Shanice’s I Love Your Smile – were seen heaping praise on one another.
In one moment, Ellie gushed over Nikita’s “Ja wirklich, wirklich nett” Zähne, as she admitted that she has a “big crush on him”.
“I’ve got a big crush on him. His teeth are really, wirklich nett, which they are,” Ellie could be heard telling the cameras.
It comes after rumours spread that newly single Nikita has been growing close to fellow Strictly contestant Molly Rainford.
Onlookers said the pair were inseparable at the National Television Awards in London and left together just after 1am this morning.
It comes just days after The Sun revealed Nikita had split from his girlfriend of five years Nicole Wirt.
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A party goer said: “Nikita and Molly were attached at the hip during the after party.
“They spent time together with some of their Strictly co-stars but they seemed to only have eyes for each other. They kept staring at each other and were being very tactile.
“When the night was over Nikita and Molly ordered Ubers separately but it appeared they were heading to the same place together as she was speaking to him about where they were going next.
“They made a nice couple and a few people were commenting on how close they appeared to be.”
Another source told us: “Nikita is an incredibly private person who doesn’t like to have his life in the spotlight so simply being pictured so close in public with someone is quite a revelation.
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“But they are both young, single and stunning – and they are a great fit for one another. It’s early days but they have grown close over the past month performing on Strictly and at the NTAs they had a chance to let their hair down.”
Single CBBC presenter Molly, who is paired with pro Carlos Gu, said previously she wasn’t looking for romance on the show.