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Strictly's Ellie and Vito finally address romance reports ahead of finale: 'We are so focused'

The couple are in the finale of Strictly Come Dancing

Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola on Strictly Come Dancing
Emmy Griffiths
TV & Film Editor
14 December 2023
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After months of speculation, Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola have finally addressed reports that they are dating. Speaking at the Strictly Come Dancing press conference, the pairing opened up about focusing on rehearsals amid speculation over their romance. 

When asked if the dating reports bother them, Vito explained: "We are in the rehearsals all day, we have so many things to think about, choreography… we have to have the time to eat, we nap a little bit, then we go home and we eat and sleep because we rehearse again so we really are so focused. 

WATCH: The moment Vito Coppola claims he’s ‘in love’ with Ellie Leach during dance routine

"All of this beautiful experience, words cannot describe how we are enjoying every single rehearsal, every single second of this amazing experience." 

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.

Ellie also spoke about their chemistry, saying: "I think that we’ve danced together for - how many weeks now? We’re together every single day and you really have to have a strong partnership to trust in each other. Vito is an amazing dancer that’s why he’s a professional, so I have to trust in him but he has to trust in me because it’s something I’ve never done before." 

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

Vito added: "I trusted her from day one. Because she didn’t trust in herself, I said, first I have to have your trust, now, once you trust me, trust me as I trust you! You will trust yourself! It worked, because at the beginning, she said, 'I can’t do it,' but I said you will be surprised how good you are, how good you can be… The most beautiful thing was to see the development… We just had a very great connection and a 50/50 partnership." 

Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola performed their rumba on week 8© Guy Levy
Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola spoke about concentrating on rehearsals

Vito shared a post sharing his joy after the pair landed a place in the finale, writing: "THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU… We don’t have words to describe our happiness and the words “thank you” are not enough to describe our gratitude to all of you beautiful people. If we are here today and if we will dance next week the Final is because of you.

"Every single of you Who believed in us and supported us, every single vote of yours is making this journey the most amazing and incredible ever! We promise to you all that we will give as always our best, and we will give triple of the energy, effort, commitment and everything we can do to express our gratitude. We are super grateful from our hearts. While writing this post the tears are in the eyes." 

Vito and Ellie have built a strong bond from their time together© Instagram
Vito and Ellie have built a strong bond from their time together

Speaking about Ellie, he continued: "Lulú what can I say…I am so happy to have the possibility to dance with you for another week and have the pleasure to lead you on the dance floor. I am so proud of you. You are my warrior! You are really blossoming and now you can show to the entire world how amazing you are, but mostly you will prove to yourself that you are an amazing butterfly.

"So for this week just spread your wings and let’s fly. I promise to give you my best of the best for this next week, because I want it to be forever memorable in our memories. Thank you beautiful people. Thank you very much." 

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