Strictly's Ranvir Singh clasps Giovanni Pernice's arm during 'flirty' evening

STRICTLY star Ranvir Singh was pictured clasping dance partner Giovanni Pernice’s arm after a late-night filming stint.

The pair were spotted getting close just days after their intimate performance on the show sparked rumours of a romance.

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An onlooker told The Sun on Sunday: “Ranvir and Giovanni were very cosy together and seemed relaxed and tactile.

“They are clearly very much at ease in each other’s company. Ranvir seemed very flirty and gently clasped his arm. They looked handsome together.

“It would be very easy to mistake them for a couple in the early stages of their relationship.”

The show of tenderness came as a Strictly insider revealed fears that 43-year-old Ranvir, who recently split from her husband, had become “besotted” with pro dancer Giovanni, 30.

The source said: “Ranvir and Giovanni seem to be getting closer each week.

“She appears to be absolutely besotted with him, while he is a calming, confident influence. The show has been great for Ranvir’s own confidence.

“She is feeling great about herself, especially as she is getting so much attention every week.

“But some people are concerned that Ranvir could be falling for him outside of the show and he’s a known ladykiller. They’ve been spending hours rehearsing together and the Strictly bubble is very intense.

“They are both very professional but their focus must be on winning the show. They are in with a chance.”

Last week, the pair danced a sensual Argentine tango, which ended with their lips almost touching.

Fans flooded Twitter with speculation about a relationship between the pair.

One observed: “You could feel the #Strictly curse between Ranvir and Giovanni.

Another said: “I think Ranvir and Giovanni need to get a room #Strictly #steamy.”

Later Ranvir joked on Lorraine Kelly’s ITV show: “I said to him ‘You know me better than my own GP now.’

“It’s a very unusual experience to be that close to someone but I am coping.”

And on last night’s show, the couple earned a score of 24 after dancing the American Smooth.

She kissed his hand and blew him a kiss during their routine.

At the end, they hugged each other and then clasped hands over Ranvir’s shoulder, with her other arm around his waist.

Both Ranvir and Giovanni are single after he split from former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts, 39, earlier this year.

Mum-of-one Ranvir parted ways with her husband of eight years, before accepting her Strictly invite.

She lost half a stone before the BBC1 show, but has praised the show’s wardrobe crew for her sexy new look.

Giovanni, who joined the series in 2015, dated his first partner, ex-Coronation Street actress Georgia May Foote and ex-Towie star Jessica Wright.

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