Yes, Strictly dancer Gleb Savchenko IS married - to fellow dancer Elena Samodanova *holds back tears*

The 2015 series of Strictly Come Dancing has surely been one of the best. Incredible routines and great costumes aside, an important part of this year’s Strictly was the introduction of three new professional dancers, one being Gleb Savchenko.

After stints on the international versions of Strictly, the 32-year-old Russian joined the cast along with Giovanni Pernice and Oti Mabuse in September and has had hearts aflutter ever since, for reasons we can’t possibly imagine…

Gleb Savchenko Strictly GIF


However, ladies and gentlemen, we regret to inform you that your year’s biggest crush is off the market – he’s been married to Elena Samodanova since 2006, and they are very much in love.

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But wipe away those tears of jealousy, readers – it turns out she’s pretty great too! So what do we know about the lucky lady?

1. She’s a dancer too

In fact, Elena and Gleb met in a dance studio in 2003 and after he asked her out immediately, the romance went on from there.

Elena featured on the Australian and American versions of Strictly, Dancing With The Stars, and is now a judge on the Russian version of the show.

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Elena Samodanova

2. She’s cool with Gleb’s international fan club

Talking to the Mail Online about the worldwide love/lust for her husband, Elena said that she accepts it – and agrees herself! ‘It’s part of the job and it’s always been this way. I have to accept his admirers and he has to accept mine.’


3. She’s not worried about the Strictly curse

When speaking to Hello! magazine, Elena was asked her thoughts on the infamous curse of Strictly, which has seen professional dancers and their celebrity partners take their connection further than the dancefloor – Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev; Joe Calzaghe and Kristina Rihanoff; Matt DiAngelo and Flavia Cacace…the list goes on.

However, Elena’s not worried about the same happening with Gleb and partner Anita Rani, saying: ‘If some couples have a problem with their marriages, the break-up is going to happen anyway. They are going to split for their own reasons, not because of Strictly.’

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4. She and Gleb have a daughter

The gorgeous pair have a daughter together: four-year-old Olivia. While both Elena and Gleb have to travel for work, Olivia is based in Hong Kong where she goes to school.

5. She’s super supportive of her man

Judging by her Twitter and Instagram posts, Elena is Gleb’s number one fan…

Elena Samodanova instagram

…and can you blame her?

Nicole Vassell / @nicolevassell