Kara calls for a Strictly rulebook

Kara Tointon wants a Strictly Come Dancing rulebook introduced to prevent confusion about the dances.

The former EastEnders actress, 27, and dance partner Artem Chigvintsev were marked down by Len Goodman for the way they interpreted the American Smooth on their way to winning this year’s final.

She told BBC Breakfast: “I think there should be a Strictly rulebook. Artem is an amazing choreographer. He thought American Smooth is sort of freestyle, but who knows? There should be a book.”

Kara said the chemistry had been there between her and her Russian dance partner, who shared a public kiss after their win, from the beginning.

She said: “We’ve got on like a house on fire all the way through, which is quite a big achievement in itself because it’s intense and you do have low moments.

“Now we’re out of the studio it will be nice to do some normal things like go to the cinema and the shops.”

Kara said she will miss ‘being dressed up like a princess’ now the show has finished, adding: “When it came to the public vote we never thought in a million years (that we’d win) against Pamela (Stephenson) who’s a complete inspiration, a bit of a machine. She blows me away.

“Matt (Baker) has been incredible from the word go. It’s a bit of a dream really and we’re very proud.”

Kara, who was rushed to A&E after tearing ligaments in her lower arm, said of the injury: “I tried something a little bit silly on Saturday. It was a shame because the last two dances were a bit of a disaster, but we made it through and to win it was just insane.”