Holly: Artem is an, er, ‘passionate teacher’

Holly Valance has described her Strictly Come Dancing partner Artem Chigvinstev as a ‘passionate teacher’.

The Kiss Kiss singer admitted on ITV1’s Lorraine she is finding rehearsals for the BBC dance competition tough, as Artem is so devoted to dance.

Holly said: “It’s funny because during the week you’re sort of cursing because we’re doing about eight hours a day. Artem is a very passionate teacher – is the best way of putting it.

“And then Saturday night makes it all worth it because you just get such a thrill out of doing the show and you think, ‘Yeah, I’m really rock and roll’. And then Monday morning hits and you go, ‘Oh my God, I don’t know what I’m doing’ again.”

The former Neighbours star is feeling the pressure as Artem won the competition last year with Kara Tointon.

She said: “The expectation is massive – I don’t know if we’ll do it, but we’ll have a good go.”

But Holly revealed her boyfriend Nick Candy has been helping her with lots of support.

She said: “Every show he’s in the front row, I think he will be there whether I’m in the competition or not. He’s a little attached and he enjoys himself a little too much…”

Holly also revealed Nick loved the outfits, teasing: “He did ask if I could bring the wig home, put it that way.”