BBC Strictlys Vito Coppola brands Ellie a diamond after romance rumours

Vito Coppola kisses Ellie Leach on Strictly Come Dancing

Vito Coppola claimed his Strictly Come Dancing partner Ellie Leach was a “rough diamond” following their latest performance.

This weekend, the couple took to the BBC ballroom for the eighth time and produced a scintillating Rumba to True Colours by Cyndi Lauper.

After achieving an impressive 35 points from the judges, the pair sailed through to next week’s show and deservedly earned themselves a spot in Blackpool.

Following Sunday’s results show, Vito, 31, sat with Strictly host Claudia Winkleman and discussed his 22-year-old partner.

He said: “Ellie for me is like a diamond. But not the normal diamond, she’s like this rough diamond that you need to put under pressure and shine the sides. And at the end, it becomes the diamond.”

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Claudia, 51, clarified that he meant “rough” before Vito replied that he believed the former Coronation Street star was somewhere in the middle.

“At the moment we are in-between the rough and the shiny perfect, we’re in-between, we are in the process.”

Ellie looked exasperated by Vito’s metaphor but laughed before saying: “Yeah… okay.”

Claudia went on to end the segment by saying: “Okay, everyone breathe.”

Vito’s comments come after rumours regarding their supposed romance hit headlines and were seemingly confirmed by Amanda Abbington.

Last Saturday, Ellie posted a picture of herself and Vito performing an American Smooth to Instagram and thanked fans for their support.

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She told her 290,000 followers: “What a magical night, we are so grateful for all of your support and we’re soooo happy to be through to another week on that Strictly dancefloor.”

Underneath the post, the Sherlock actor wrote: “Stunning. So proud of the both of you. You are the most beautiful couple!”

However, both Ellie and her professional partner have denied romance claims, with the latter stating the pair are a “good team”.

In an interview with OK! Magazine, the soap star said: “We really, really get along and we have a lovely friendship. I hope we can continue that.

“We’ve got a really good relationship where we kind of know what the other needs. Vito even lets me have power naps during training.”

The 33-year-old also insisted while the pair have fiery chemistry, he is just a “very, very warm person.”

He added: “I just like to hug. But no, we’re a good team.”

Strictly Come Dancing will broadcast live from Blackpool Tower Ballroom on Saturday. Tune into the show on BBC One from 6.40pm.

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