STRICTLY'S Graziano Di Prima insists there's no romance behind the scenes of this year's series as the stars are just too busy.
On Saturday night, viewers watched Kai Widdrington blush as celeb partner AJ Odudu's young nephew, and then host Claudia Winkleman, urged them to kiss amid weeks of speculation that romance is blooming.
Viewers went wild in week four when Olympic swimmer Adam Peaty and Katya Jones had a 'near kiss' after their electric tango, while others have noticed chemistry between newly-single Giovanni Pernice and Rose Ayling-Ellis.
But despite all of that, Graziano is adamant he's not seen a hint of romance backstage.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun, he said: "The problem is we have so much work, so much rehearsals and so much pressure, do you think the couples do something? [laughs]. Absolutely not, man.
"I’m in love with all of them. I can see any spot, any five minutes break; they’re rehearsing. There’s no romance I think this season."
Graziano exited the competition on Sunday after he and Judi Love lost out in the dance-off to Adam and Katya.
Their lively cha-cha was full of energy but it was a tough ask with Judi having just recovered from a nasty bout of coronavirus.
"When she tested positive, to be honest with you, it was tough, mentally," said Graziano. "Being at home, In my head there was a little voice telling me 'she’s not gonna make it'. But she did it.
"She came so focused mentally. You could see she was in bed for 10 days but she was ready."
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The hunk has nothing but praise for Judi and credited her for allowing him to be himself.
He said: "I feel happy this woman was able to dance, deliver her personality and have fun with me. When she had her speech in front of millions of people, I was crying and I didn't want to. This woman, I love her so much."
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