Kara and Artem kiss on Strictly Christmas show

Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev are finally giving viewers the chance to see them lock lips – as they get to grips in the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special.

The champions cosy up under the mistletoe as they take part in the group dance which also features semi-finalists Pamela Stephenson, Gavin Henson, Matt Baker and Scott Maslen.

Actress Kara – wearing a scarlet outfit – holds a sprig above her head as the duo share a kiss on the dancefloor during the show, to be screened on Christmas Day.

The dancing partners have kept people guessing as to whether a real-life relationship is blossoming.

Kara had been tight-lipped on the issue during the series, which finished on Saturday. But after winning she said: “Fingers crossed. We will see what happens.”

A programme insider said: “No-one quite expected Kara to plant that much of a smacker on Artem – but did they really need the mistletoe?”

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special is on BBC1 on Saturday December 25 at 7pm.