WE ARE AN ITEM; EXCLUSIVE STRICTLY COME DANCING COUPLE CONFESS.
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T O anyone watching their red-hot tango on Saturday night, the chemistry was obvious... their passionate performance was so charged it practically crackled. Yet Camilla Dallerup Camilla Dallerup (born 1974 in Aalborg), is a British based Danish ballroom dancer.
Dallerup has been dancing from the young age of two, when her mother took her to her first class in Aalborg. Soon, Camilla won the Danish Junior Championships at the age of 12. and James Martin James Martin or Jim Martin may refer to:
In their first joint interview, the Strictly Come Dancing Come Dancing is a BBC TV ballroom dancing competition show that ran on and off from 1949 to 1998, becoming one of television's longest-running shows.
The show was created by Eric Morley, the founder of Miss World, and began in 1949 by broadcasting from regional duo have confirmed exclusively to the Daily Mirror that they are indeed an item.
The couple have finally admitted that a deep bond has developed between them and romance has blossomed as they have enjoyed a series of secret trysts.
"Yes, we've been out to dinner a few times," confesses Ready Steady Cook chef James, 33.
"And we're on the phone all the time. Camilla blows my mind. I'm in awe of her. It's incredible, unbelievable.
"We're having a great time together and we get on extremely well. There's a brilliant rapport going on. You can't fake it on the dancefloor on Saturday night. We're having good fun and everything's good."
Camilla, a 31-year-old professional dancer, adds: "We have the basis of a great friendship and we'll see what happens.
"At the minute there's a lot of pressure with doing the show. But we're very close and we can be straight up with each other.
"You can't beat the feeling of two bodies moving as one. It's very emotional."
Outside it's a cold, damp November morning in West London West London is the area of Greater London to the west of Central London. Although it is only ambiguously defined, it is one of the most economically active areas of London outside of the centre, containing significant amounts of office space along with Heathrow Airport and many of , but inside a certain dance studio in the middle of a drab industrial park, the temperature is positively sizzling.
Today, chatting to the pair during a break from rehearsals for next Saturday's show, it turns out that they were both aware of a spark between them within minutes of meeting.
S INCE then, their relationship has deepened into something much more than friendship.
Camilla pokes fun at James's Yorkshire accent. And he takes the mickey out of her inability to get out of bed in the morning.
Their body language speaks volumes, too. Neither misses a chance to touch the other - be it a playful punch or a tender squeeze of reassurance.
There's definitely some serious flirting going on here...
"Do we fancy each other?" giggles Camilla. "Oh! You can't ask that!"
James grins at her and quips: "Some mornings she looks a bit rough, to be honest."
But then he quickly adds: "I have so much respect for her. Total and utter respect. I think she's amazing."
Still, it's nice to hear that the doll-like Dane is not all perfect.
"I tried to show her how to cook a risotto ri·sot·to
n. pl. ri·sot·tos
A dish of rice cooked in broth, usually with saffron, and served with grated cheese.
[Italian, from riso, rice, from Old Italian; see rice. the other week," begins James before Camilla jumps in.
"It was a disaster," she shrieks. "I think I'll stick to dancing. Or maybe James could give me a cooking course after the series ends."
They certainly make a lovely couple and it's easy to see why they have fallen for one another.
Even dressed casually and with her blonde hair pulled back in a pony-tail, Camilla looks stunning.
Her tanned skin complements her huge blue eyes and her cheekbones are to die for.
And James, who has shed a stone and a half in five weeks, looks trim and handsome. His easygoing eas·y·go·ing also eas·y-go·ing
a. Living without undue worry or concern; calm.
b. Lax or negligent; careless.
c. personality makes him a natural charmer.
"I admire him so much," says Camilla. "He's a chef, a businessman and now a dancer and he can switch so easily between his roles. Wow!"
Strictly Come Dancing viewers have been willing the pair to get together. They would love to see a happy ending for Camilla, who was publicly humiliated hu·mil·i·ate
tr.v. hu·mil·i·at·ed, hu·mil·i·at·ing, hu·mil·i·ates
To lower the pride, dignity, or self-respect of. See Synonyms at degrade. after series one by Brendan Cole Brendan Cole (born in Christchurch, New Zealand) is a ballroom dancer specialising in Latin American dancing. He has appeared on the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing, a dance contest in which a professional ballroom dancer is partnered with a celebrity amateur dancer. - her then fiance and fellow professional dancer.
He turned his back on their eight-year relationship and left her for newsgirl Natasha Kaplinsky. But that fling ended after four months and has left Brendan regretting dumping Camilla.
Last week he opened his heart to the Mirror and confessed to still being in love with her. But seeing Camilla with James, it's clear that Brendan - whose current Strictly Come Dancing partner is Mirror columnist Fiona Phillips - doesn't stand a chance of winning her back.
"No, we won't get back together," says Camilla. "We've both moved on.
"What we had was special and it always will be. We're friends now which makes me happy.
I AM where I am today because of Brendan and vice versa VICE VERSA. On the contrary; on opposite sides. . I'll always be there for him in some way. But not as a couple."
Although they have made time for romantic evenings together, it hasn't been easy. James in particular is finding it tough fitting everything in.
With a restaurant, a deli and a bakery to run, a new book to promote and a regular slot on TV's Ready Steady Cook, it's a wonder he can still manage five hours of dance lessons a day.
"Nothing gets in the way of training," he insists. "If you didn't put the hours in, you'd fall flat on your arse.
"I'm surviving on four hours sleep a night, but I'm really into it and I want to make it work. Sometimes I look like a prat and I'm no Billy Elliot, but we're in this for the long haul. The series ends on December 19 - on December 20, my restaurant goes bust."
James has surprised himself with his dedication. But the judges haven't been so impressed. Arlene Phillips said the only good thing about their tango was James's make-up. And Bruno Tonioli said he looked like a murderer.
"It hit me hard," says James. "After we finished I was elated and the audience was going mental. Then Arlene questions my commitment and Bruno comes out with the murderer comment.
"You can see from my face that I'm thinking: 'One more word and I'll come over there and lynch you'."
Camilla agrees: "Fair enough, give constructive criticism on technique, but to say you haven't been working hard isn't fair. It's like a boot camp in here during the week."
James laughs: "Too right it is. Last week I pulled all the muscles in my back. I've never been through pain like it. Did I get any sympathy? No way."
But the pain hasn't dimmed his commitment. And anyway, he can't let all his mates down. Apparently, there are 15 top chefs in London who are making their diners wait until after he has performed on the show.
"People are sat in the restaurant and the chefs are all gathered in the kitchen watching the show," he grins. "They've asked me if I can be on a little bit earlier next time.
"It's a great show to be part of. We're raising money for Children In Need and learning a fantastic new skill."
And, of course, he's also met Camilla. James smiles at that, and you just know that, inwardly, he's tripping the light fantastic.
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CAMILLA ON HER EX, DANCER BRENDAN COLE
We're friends but we've both moved on now
IN STEP: Practising their moves; AFFAIR: Brendan and Natasha