Strictly's Ellie Leach scares Vito in cheeky behind-the-scenes video

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Strictly's Ellie Leach scares Vito in cheeky clipGuy Levy - BBC

Strictly Come Dancing star Ellie Leach has scared dance partner Vito Coppola in a playful behind-the-scenes video.

The former Coronation Street star is paired up with the Italian professional for the 21st series of the BBC show, and posted several snaps and clips of their time together in the rehearsal studio.

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One such clip showed Vito getting a scare as Ellie waited for him to arrive, with the caption on the post reading: "HAPPY MONDAY!!!! This is how our week 1 training went…lots of laughter, hard work and most importantly, lots of packed lunches! Ready for week 2, let’s go!!!"

The post was met with comments from co-stars on the show, with Jowita Przystal writing: "Welcome to Vitos lesson, hahah brilliant." Karen Hauer, who is partnered with Eddie Kadi, reacted with two laughing emojis, while Nikita Kanda wrote: "Love you guysss."

Ellie and Vito performed well in their first dance, scoring an impressive 29 points for a challenging Jive. The leaderboard on the night was topped by Nigel Harman and partner Katya Jones, with the pair scoring 32 points for a fiery Paso doble.

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Whilst the group are preparing for their second routine of the series, judge Anton Du Beke addressed the speculation that series stalwart Craig Revel Horwood could be departing the show.

"I hope Craig does the show forever. He’s such an important part and he adds so much," said Du Beke. "Craig can get away with delivering his verdict in one word. I can’t do that, I physically can’t say just one word. It’s an innate skill and you have to have a certain presence to get away with it."

Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturday nights on BBC One, while spin-off Strictly: It Takes Two airs on weeknights from September 25 on BBC Two. Both shows are available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

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