Artem has changed over the years

Artem Chigvintsev used to get very jittery before the Strictly Come Dancing live shows.

‘Yes, but my nerves are better now,’ he tells us.

‘On one of my first live shows I was so nervous the muscles in my cheek were shaking the whole way through the dance.

‘I couldn’t smile, my face was frozen.’

Artem, 31, who fell in love with Kara Tointon on the 2010 series – which they won – is partnered with Natalie Gumede this year. So is he cracking the whip?

‘I’ve actually calmed down over the years,’ he says with a laugh.

‘I still have a standard to keep up but I want to make it pleasant for everyone.

‘Getting older has softened me!’

Read more about Artem Chigvintsev and Strictly Come Dancing in this week’s Now magazine dated 4 November 2013 – download the digital edition now

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