‘It feels like I’ve known Nadiya for a long time!’

Strictly’s Davood Ghadami chats about his close­ness with dance part­ner Nadiya By­chkova and re­veals his No.1 fans are his wife and kids…

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Davood Ghadami and Nadiya By­chkova’s chem­istry has been ev­i­dent on the dance floor from day one.

Last month, judge Bruno To­nioli com­mented that the pair’s samba was like a ‘race to the bed­room’, de­spite them both be­ing loved-up out­side of the show – Davood with his wife of seven years, Iso­bel, mum to their girls Eva, five, and Grace, two, and Nadiya to her boyfriend, Slove­nian foot­baller Matija Škarabot, with whom she has a oneyear-old daugh­ter.

Last week at the Inside

Soap Awards, EastEn­ders star Davood told us, ‘It feels like I’ve known Nadiya for a long time!’

Nadiya, 28, was by Davood’s side and added, ‘It’s so in­tense, and we’re to­gether for many hours. We’ve got to know each other well.’

Could their close re­la­tion­ship take them to the Strictly fi­nal? Here, Davood, 35, fills us in…

HI, DAVOOD! HOW ARE RE­HEARSALS GO­ING?

Re­ally well. I have to lis­ten to what Nadiya says, and if she sees im­prove­ment, I’m happy. The judges’ scores aren’t al­ways a good sig­ni­fier.

IS NADIYA STRICT?

Nadiya has sur­prised me. I thought she’d be hard, like a task mis­tress – which she is – but I tend to have a go at my­self when it’s not work­ing, so she doesn’t need to. It’s al­most like I can hear her voice. It’s only been a cou­ple of months, but it al­ready feels like I’ve known Nadiya for a very long time. We spend a lot of time to­gether.

IS IT HARD TO SWITCH OFF FROM STRICTLY WHEN YOU’RE AT HOME?

It’s re­ally hard. My wife has caught me in the kitchen do­ing some very weird steps!

WHAT DOES ISO­BEL THINK ABOUT YOU BE­ING ON THE SHOW?

She loves it. My fam­ily are big

Strictly fans. Eva and Grace have even had ‘Team Daddy’ T-shirts printed. Eva pre­tends to be Craig [Revel Hor­wood] and says ‘dar­ling’ like he does.

WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THE TEN­SION BE­TWEEN ALEXAN­DRA BURKE AND PART­NER GORKA MAR­QUEZ OVER HIS RO­MANCE WITH GEMMA ATKINSON?

I don’t know about it. We’re in­tensely in our own re­hearsal space, as I’m sure they are, but every­one gets on re­ally well.

HOW WAS MOL­LIE KING AF­TER THE DANCE-OFF LAST WEEK?

Poor Mol­lie! I’ve been in the dance-off be­fore, so I know what it’s like, but for her to go through that twice must have been re­ally dif­fi­cult. She’ll come back stronger, though.

HAVE YOU SPO­KEN TO AS­TON MER­RY­GOLD SINCE HE LEFT?

Yeah. We all spend time to­gether af­ter the show and mes­sage in the group chat. He’s such a pro­fes­sional, tal­ented, hum­ble guy. Un­for­tu­nately, some­one has to leave ev­ery week, and it’s not al­ways as clear-cut as peo­ple would like.

We spoke to Davood and Nadiya at the 2017 Inside Soap Awards, spon­sored by Sim­ply Be

Hot or what! Will the duo’s steamy rou­tines pro­pel them to the fi­nal? Nadiya and Davood’s chem­istry was ob­vi­ous from the start Davood’s girls have even had T-shirts made

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