Artem has changed over the years
‘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!’