From THAT shirt-removing moment to his turn as Patrick Swayze in Ghost, let us count the reasons to love Gleb Savchenko

Anyone who’s been watching Strictly Come Dancing this year cannot fail to have become acquainted with Gleb Savchenko, the rather easy on the eye new professional who’s joined the show and become quite a hit with viewers.

In fact Russian pro Gleb, 31, near on broke the internet on Saturday night when he took off his shirt after getting the judges’ scores for his latest sizzling routine with celeb partner Anita Rani. Er, it’s a 10 from us!


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This incident has pretty much confirmed Gleb as our new favourite male professional on the show – sorry, Brendan Cole, you’ve been demoted! Here’s 8 reasons why we love Mr Savchenko so very much…


Need we say more? As if it wasn’t enough that Gleb undid his shirt during his and Anita’s dance to Shakira’s Hips Don’t Lie on Saturday night, he then went and took the whole thing off and we’re still getting over it tbh.

His acting

Gleb isn’t just a great mover (and a pretty face). The boy’s also got some impressive acting chops on him and showed this off when he channelled Patrick Swayze in Ghost *swoon* for his and Anita’s romantic routine during Movie Week. Damn, he makes pottery making look good.

The Gleb Special

Another jaw-dropping Gleb development to come out of the Ghost performance was the Gleb Special. If you’re not familiar with this then listen carefully – the manoeuvre involved Gleb crawling across the floor as Anita held on underneath and enjoyed the ride (which isn’t as rude as it sounds). The move had Twitter admirers everywhere asking for a Gleb Special for Christmas.

He’s so supportive

Lovely Gleb always has Anita’s back no matter what the judges say. The dancing star reminded his partner that their samba on Saturday’s show was very difficult for a beginner after the judges gave a bit of a lukewarm reaction. Awww, Gleb.

He does stuff for charity

Away from the dance floor Gleb joined Anita last week for a ramble supporting Children In Need and even wore a yellow Pudsey beanie hat. SO cute.

He likes animals

One time Gleb took a selfie when he hung out with some cows in the countryside and it was adorable. End of.

He’s a family man

Sorry ladies but Gleb is taken. The Russian pro is married to fellow dancer Elena Samodanova and they have a 4-year-old daughter called Olivia. Gleb is a total family man and posts the sweetest snaps with them on Instagram. Recently he told fans: ‘Miss my girls and it’s been only a week @elenasamodanova’ Awww!


Oh sorry, did we already mention that? Well we think it’s good enough to cover two points.

Anna Francis