Smitten Artem Chigvintsev is bowled over by Kara Tointon

It didn’t take long for Artem

Chigvintsev
and Kara

Tointon
to lock lips after signing up for Strictly Come Dancing.

The couple first met during rehearsals for the launch show’s group dance, and ex-EastEnders actress Kara thought the Russian hunk was ‘gorgeous’ right away.

Just two weeks later Artem took Kara to the cinema, where he quickly took hold of his date’s hand.

‘We were getting to know each other and I thought, “Oh God, I really like him,”‘ recalls Kara, 27.

‘I think [he] made the first move. Then we kissed after that.

Artem‘s the one person I’ve really been able to be myself with.

‘I totally feel he brings out the best in me.’

The couple agreed they wouldn’t officially date until the show was over – so once they lifted that winners’ trophy they wasted no time in taking their relationship to the next step.

‘I love many things [about Kara],’ Artem, 28, tells Hello!

‘She’s the most kind person I’ve ever met and takes care of me all the time like no one has before.

‘She’s smart, she knows what she’s doing.

‘I practically love absolutely every single aspect of her.’

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