STRICTLY favourite Ashley Roberts and pro dancer Giovanni Pernice have been on a string of secret dates.
Insiders say the pair — who are not partnered together on the BBC1 show — are in the early stages of a new romance after sharing a kiss.
Both are tipped to reach the finals, with ex-Pussycat Doll Ashley alongside pro Pasha Kovalev and Giovanni paired with Steps singer Faye Tozer.
One TV insider said: “The spark between Ashley and Giovanni has become quite widely noticed among the crew – they just seem to really hit it off.
“He is training up north at the moment while she is based down here so they only get to see each other towards the end of the week. But they’ve been making the most of it.
“After the show each week they’ve been heading out for drinks together in London and just hanging out and looking very cosy.
“It’s very early days but it looks like things are going well – and of course they’re both single so it’s all totally innocent fun.”
Ashley, 37, briefly dated TV host Declan Donnelly in 2013 after she appeared on I’m A Celebrity. She also had a fling with Strictly Head Judge Shirley Ballas’ pro dancer son Mark.
Italian Giovanni, 28, had a year-long relationship with Corrie star Georgia May Foote after they were partnered together on the show in 2015.