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Rihanoff's always been a Jason fan

Strictly star Kristina Rihanoff has confessed she's been a fan of dance partner Jason Donovan since she was a teenager.

The Russian performer, who has reached the final of this year's BBC One show with the former Neighbours star, told the Daily Mirror she used to strut her stuff at discos to Jason and Kylie Minogue's hit Especially For You.

"Isn't it funny how life goes around? Who would have thought I would end up dancing with the man I danced to in the discos at home? Surreal," she said.

Kristina - who jumped up and wrapped her legs around Jason after learning she was partnered with him - revealed the star was a fan of her work too.

"Apparently he'd already decided that we'd work well together. We're both experienced in theatre performance so are on each other's wavelength. And our personalities just clicked."

The dancer said winning the Strictly glitterball this weekend would be "the ultimate icing on the cake".

"I've warned Jason it's going to be full-on this week but we're just going to enjoy it," she said.

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