Brian Fortuna has opened up about the rumoured romance between him and his Strictly Come Dancing partner Ali Bastian.

The professional dancer told The Mirror he has had a crush on ‘beautiful’ Ali since the first time they met and has even asked her out on a date.

He said: “I was immediately attracted to Ali, but we have a job to do.

“I thought Ali was beautiful, not only on the outside but on the inside too. I have asked her out and we haven’t had any official dates yet. But who knows, maybe when Strictly is done she’ll be kind enough to accept my offer.”

And the 27-year-old actress isn’t ruling out the possibility of a romantic rendez-vous, in fact, she’s even chosen the location.

“I’d like him to take me to a baseball match,” she said. “I’ve never been to one and he likes it. It might involve a transatlantic flight beforehand, but that’s OK.”

And she added: “The first time we met was like a first date, but there was instant attraction. He’s a very handsome man and he put me at ease straight away.”