No one can deny the siszzling chemistry between CCBC star Karim Zeroual and his pro dance partner, Amy Dowden.
The couple have shot close to the top of the Strictly leaderboard as they take the dance floor by storm.
Despite their close connection in training and while performing on the hit BBC show, both Amy and Karim have rubbished rumours they have fallen victim to the Strictly 'curse'.
Karim insisted he was "too busy" to think about romancing Amy.
He added: "I don't really know about any rumours. I'm too busy learning to do this waltz than to worry about stuff like that."
But there's a more compelling reason Karim insists he won't be falling victim to the dreaded 'curse' – his secret girlfriend.
For the last three years the actor and presenter has been secretly dating university student, Poppy Birtwhistle.
The couple are keen to keep their relationship out of the public eye.
And Amy and Karim have developed such a close friendship she's even invited him to her wedding to Ben Jones next year.
Amy said: "Karim is coming to my wedding next July. I'm so excited."
Karim is already planning a very special surprise for Amy's big day – but he's keeping it under wraps.
He said: ""I'm doing a speech but she doesn't know that."
Karim has gushed about his new found friend for life, Amy.
He said: "We tease each other constantly and it goes a bit far and she nags me a bit – bit it's all out of love."
Because of the close bond he has developed with Amy, Karim has been certain to include Poppy in his training and make sure she feels comfortable with his dance partner.
Amy is the only close friendship Karim has struck up since he has been dancing on Strictly.
The presenter and comedian Chris Ramsey have developed an adorable bromance and regularly go for sauna sessions to help them recover from training.
Karim said: "I go to the sauna and steam most nights with Chris. It’s nice. We rest our weary bones and our worries roll away."
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