Strictlys Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola look smitten as they take moonlit stroll

Strictly: Vito likens Ellie Leach to a ‘diamond’

Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola looked smitten with each other as they were spotted taking time out from training ahead of Strictly Come Dancing’s Blackpool Special this weekend.

Dressed in a casual winter fit, the Coronation Street star, 22, was seen wearing a beige trench coat, teamed with black trousers and trainers.

Vito, 31, walked alongside her wearing a long black coat and a scarf which was wrapped securely around his neck.

Walking along the streets in Blackpool, Vito wrapped his arms around Ellie and appeared oblivious to onlookers they gazed into each other’s eyes.

The actress and the Italian-born dancer have sparked huge romance speculation among fans after their undeniable chemistry.

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However, the pair have shut down rumours in the past.

They have taken the BBC competition by storm and wowed judges with stunning performances week after week.

Last weekend they sent temperatures soaring after they performed a sexy Rumba for which they scored 35 out of 40.

Earlier this month, Ellie took to Instagram to treat her 298,000 followers to a sweet video of the pair.

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In the video, she is seen heaping praise on her professional dance partner, as he lovingly placed his hands on her face.

Speaking about their Strictly journey, she said: “The whole experience has exceeded my expectations already.

“I enjoy learning to dance because it’s a brand new skill and it’s amazing.”

Vito took pride in his contribution to which Ellie then added: “Obviously I’ve got the best partner ever who looks after me and teaches me.”

Ellie credited the dancing champion and his teaching skills as she continued: “He’s a great teacher and I’m very, very lucky!”

They have not shied away from their public displays of affection as Ellie has written “love you” to Vito in social media comments.

Earlier this month, former Strictly star Amanda Abbington publicly referred to them as a “beautiful couple” on Instagram.

With Vito also giving Ellie sweet nicknames, such as “my baby”, “my Lulu” and a “diamond”.

On Sunday’s results show host Claudia Winkleman picked up on the sweet nickname and asked the dancer why he calls her “a diamond”.

Vito explained: “I think for me Ellie is like a diamond, but not like a normal diamond, she is this rough diamond that you need to put under pressure and shine the front and the sides”.

Last week, the actress addressed an on-screen kiss between the pair but said their relationship is just a “deep friendship”.

Ellie told OK! Magazine: “It was only a kiss on the cheek. He gives me a kiss on the cheek every Saturday!”

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