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Strictly's Tess Daly claims Ellie Leach is 'loving every second' with Vito Coppola amid romance rumours

The Strictly pair are favourites to lift the glitterball trophy

Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola performed their rumba on week 8
Sharnaz Shahid
Sharnaz ShahidDeputy Online Editor
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Every time Strictly Come Dancing comes around, fans are always keen to see a new romance emerge. And this year, Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola have raised eyebrows with their sizzling chemistry on and off the dance floor.

Although the pair - who are both believed to be single - have remained coy about any rumours, hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman have addressed the pair's close bond in a new chat on It Takes Two. 

Vito Coppola and Ellie Leach dancing Argentine Tango© BBC
Vito Coppola and Ellie Leach recently stunned fans with their sizzling Argentine Tango

"I think with Ellie, she's just having so much fun," explained Tess. "And that's a part of it for her, because she's loving every second of the training room with Vito. They get on so well, so it's not like work for her! It's like, 'Yeah, give me another one, I'm loving this!'" 

Claudia, meanwhile, touched upon Ellie's newfound confidence and described it as "magic to watch". She remarked: "[Ellie's] much more confident and he's done that for her." 

Back in May, prior to joining Strictly, Ellie broke up with her boyfriend of five years, Reagan Pettman. Elsewhere, the professional dancer is said to be single and is keeping busy with his time on Strictly, training day in and day out to ensure he and Ellie bring their A-game to the ballroom each Saturday night. 

Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola performed a rumba in week eight© Guy Levy
The pair are tipped to win the 2023 series

HELLO! spoke with body language expert, Noor Hibbert, the author of Sunday Times Bestseller You Only Live Once, about their bond – and how their chemistry could be down to amazing showmanship. 

"Vito is a showman and Ellie is an actress, so both of them have the amazing skill of being able to create a story that emotionally connects in their dancing and have the skills which allows them to come across as though they may be in a relationship," the author explained.

WATCH: Ellie and Vito's sizzling Argentine Tango

"They clearly have a great connection and are comfortable putting on an intimate show, but since both are trained to do this in their own careers, I would say this dance is the work of two people who are very talented at crafting a great show." 

She added: "The questioning from viewers of, 'Are they or aren't they' is part of the magic which their dancing creates - hence you have some people saying they may be faking it. 

Strictly Come Dating: couples who met on the dancefloor

As well as Gemma and Gorka, there are several other loved-up couples who met during their time on Strictly

  • Janette Manrara and Aljaz Škorjanec met on Strictly in 2010, before marrying in 2017 and welcoming a baby, Lyra, in 2023.
  • Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev met during the 2013 series. They married in 2019 and have two children together.
  • Dianne Buswell and Joe Sugg fell in love while competing in 2018. They live together in Brighton.
  • Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton met in 2018 and welcomed a baby girl, Minnie, in 2023.
  • Max George and Maisie Smith shared their Strictly experience together in 2020, but didn't announce their relationship until 2022.
  • Tyler West and Molly Rainford starred in the 2022 series together and have been going strong ever since!
  • Kai Widdrington and Nadiya Bychkova are both professionals on the show, and began dating in 2022.
  • Kristina Rihanoff and Ben Cohen were partnered together on the show in 2013, confirming their romance in 2014. They share a daughter together, Mila, who was born in 2018.

"This isn't to say that their friendship may not be developing into something further behind the scenes. But in relation to their sizzling Argentine Tango, I think they have done an excellent job of putting on a show. 

"Ellie is an actress, therefore trained in making an act appear realistic to those watching. Over the weeks, through their dances, we have seen she has got more and more comfortable with him. This happens when a friendship grows. 

"This is no different to the speculation about Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in 'A Star is Born'. People thought they were in an off-screen relationship due to the chemistry they created on screen. We may just be seeing the same with Vito and Ellie. Only time will tell if the Strictly curse has struck them."

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