Holly Valance praises 'fantastic' Artem
- Bang Showbiz
- 22 October 2011
'Strictly Come Dancing' star Holly Valance has praised her dance partner Artem Chigvintsev for being a ''fantastic teacher'', but has laughed off romance rumours between the pair
'Strictly Come Dancing' star Holly Valance wants to "hang out" with her partner Artem Chigvintsev after the show ends because he's such a "lovely guy".
The former 'Neighbours' actress and Artem have developed a great friendship since they started working together for the BBC One series and she has praised him for being a "fantastic teacher".
She said: "Artem is a lovely guy and I hope we hang out after this show is finished. He is extremely passionate about dancing and whilst I tend to do things very calmly and quietly, he goes about it in more of a Russian way."
Holly also dismissed romance rumours between the pair and insists her boyfriend, billionaire property developer Nick Candy, and the dancer get on great.
She told The Sun newspaper: "It's all above board. We have become good friends and my boyfriend gets on great with Artem, that's so important ... We get on great and he is a fantastic teacher, but when you are suddenly spending time with a random man, it's important that everything is above board."
Rumours have been rife that Holly and Artem's red hot routines have caused rows between the dancer and his jealous girlfriend Kara Tointon.
The ballroom hunk was even reported to have moved out of their home to stay with his 'Strictly.' pal Robin Windsor after one argument, but Holly insists there is no problem between her and Kara, and the former winner has even been giving her advice.
The 'Kiss Kiss' singer said: "Kara has been giving me lots of advice. It's not long ago that she did it and she knows what I'm feeling like. That's been so brilliant."