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Strictly just dancing? Joe helps partner Kristina celebrate birthday at London bash

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Joe and Kristina kept a discreet distance from each other as they took time out from rehearsals to celebrate the dance pro's 32nd birthday this week with a night out in the British capital
 Photo: © Rex

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The pair were joined by fellow contestant Ali Bastian and her dance partner Brian Fortuna
 Photo: © Rex

23 SEPTEMBER 2009

With the new series of Strictly Come Dancing underway, contestant Joe Calzaghe has hit the headlines. But it has more to do with his relationship with dancer Kristina Rihanoff than his fancy footwork.

After making their debut on the show at the weekend – a performance which didn't go down well with the judges - the couple were seen celebrating the Siberian beauty's 32nd birthday together at a nightclub in London.

Former boxer Joe and Kristina, who dressed in a yellow ra-ra dress and gold heels, spent the evening enjoying cocktails at the birthday celebrations.

They were joined by friends including fellow contestant and Hollyoaks actress Ali Bastian and her dance partner Brian Fortuna.

The on-screen partners' latest outing together will no doubt further fuel reports they are also enjoying a relationship together off-screen.

Before the programme had even begun, there were numerous reports of a romance between Joe – who broke up with his girlfriend of four years last month – and Kristina.

They have been pictured holding hands and sharing a number of tender moments, including a birthday kiss on the cheek after rehearsals on Tuesday.

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