Strictly Vito Coppolas declaration of love for Ellie Leach hidden in plain sight

Strictly Come Dancing star Vito Coppola declared his 'love' for partner Ellie Leach in a hidden in plain sight message on stage – but it's not all it seems.

The pair, who have continued to wow the judges and viewers at home each week, have dominated headlines thanks to their strong connection on the dance floor – which has sparked speculation as to whether they are dating behind the scenes.

Vito and former Coronation Street actress Ellie have now made it to tonight's semi-final of the BBC dancing competition, however it was in Musicals week in which the professional dancer seemingly et slip his feelings for his celeb partner. As Ellie, who played the princess in the iconic blue and white dress, glided across the dancefloor, Vito played hunky Gaston.

The audiences and judges were wowed by their routine as Anton Du Beke praised Ellie as the 'Belle of the ball', and said he "absolutely loved" the routine.

Head judge Shirley Ballas said the performance was "off the charts", adding: "You did a wonderful job of opening the show, well done."

The couple scored a secure 36 out of 40, coming second place after Layton Williams and partner Nikita Kuzmin, who scored a full house for their routine to Backstage Romance from Moulin Rouge!

And this week, Strictly released its latest round of 'hidden mic' clips on social media – which reveals a different view of the dances.

The Italian dancer was heard saying: "Ahh, look at her! That's my girl!" to one of the extra dancers. He then exclaimed: "I want her! Ohh, I'm in love with her," and asked for a kiss in character.

He finished the dance by thanking the extra dancers, saying: "Thank you. Thank you, girls. Thank you!"

Meanwhile, Louella Alderson, relationship expert at online bingo site Heart Bingo and co-founder of dating app So Syncd, shared her thoughts on the Strictly pair.

She said: "The chemistry and connection between Ellie and Vito on the dance floor could definitely work in their favour when it comes to winning Strictly Come Dancing."

She added: "The show is not just about technical skill but also about connecting with the judges and audience and captivating them through performances. Ellie and Vito's strong rapport and chemistry can potentially earn them votes from viewers who are drawn to their partnership,"

"Dancing is an intimate and emotional art, and being able to convey that genuinely through their performances could give them an advantage over other couples. Ellie and Vito's connection could also help them push boundaries and take creative risks in their routines, which can impress the judges and audience alike."

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