Holly Valance's 'passion' for Artem

Holly Valance thinks her 'Strictly Come Dancing' partner Artem Chingvinstev is a ''passionate'' teacher, as he makes the pair's gruelling training regime ''all worth it''

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Holly Valance thinks her 'Strictly Come Dancing' partner Artem Chingvinstev is a "passionate" teacher.

The former 'Neighbours' actress explained the Russian hunk - who won the BBC One show alongside his girlfriend, Kara Tointon, last year - makes the pair's gruelling training regime "all worth it".

She said: "It's funny because during the week you're sort of cursing because we're doing about eight hours a day.

"Artem is a very passionate teacher - is the best way of putting it - and then Saturday night makes it all worth it because you just get such a thrill out of doing the show and you think, 'Yeah, I'm really rock and roll.'

"And then Monday morning hits and you go 'Oh my God, I don't know what I'm doing' again."

Holly - who is currently dating property tycoon Nick Candy - admitted her boyfriend will be in the audience each week even if she is eliminated from the competition, and he is so into 'Strictly' that he has asked if she can bring home one of her costume wigs as a souvenir.

She added on ITV1's 'Lorraine': "Every show he's in the front row, I think he will be there whether I'm in the competition or not. He's a little attached and he enjoys himself a little too much.

"He did ask if I could bring the wig home, put it that way."

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