Belfast Telegraph

Cohen happier up close on Strictly

Strictly Come Dancing star Ben Cohen has said he feels happier when he has to be physically close to professional partner Kristina Rihanoff on the dancefloor.

The rugby hunk, who showed off a bare chest during his performance last week, said he has got used to the intimate dances on the BBC show.

"There is a lot of personal space invasion but it is all part of it. I like the Latin dances because I'm more comfortable being closer to Kristina," he told The Sun.

"It feels like there's safety in numbers and even being two, three feet away from her can be scary because it feels like I'm out there on my own."

Ben, who has shed seven pounds in weight and scored 32 for his paso doble last week, added: "The rumba we did a few weeks ago was really good because I was close to Kristina, being guided and it made it easier for me to let go more."

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