No ro­mance for Gemma

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS -

Gemma Atkin­son, 32, has in­sisted she wants the fo­cus to be on dance not ro­mance.

The for­mer Hol­lyoaks and Em­merdale star is paired with Al­jaz Sko­r­janec but last week was linked to fel­low pro­fes­sional Gorka Mar­quez, who is paired with show favourite Alexandra Burke.

Gemma and Gorka have been pic­tured in the gym to­gether away from their part­ners and in­sid­ers have spo­ken of them be­ing a cou­ple.

But speak­ing to us be­fore last night’s show, Gemma said: “I’m used to it. I’ve had talk about who I’m dat­ing for the past 15 years.

“It’s nice to find out in the papers who I’m dat­ing. I haven’t had a joke about it with Alexandra – we’re so busy with the danc­ing there’s no time to pay at­ten­tion to what’s said.”

Gemma and Al­jaz per­formed an en­er­getic Charleston to The Bare Ne­ces­si­ties from Jun­gle Book dur­ing the Movie Week show.

Strictly has been a spring­board to big stage suc­cess for pre­vi­ous con­tes­tants such as Caro­line Flack, Ge­or­gia May Foote and Louise Red­knapp, but Gemma says she doesn’t fancy a West End de­but.

“I don’t think theatre’s for me. I get far too ner­vous do­ing a live show on Strictly.

“Do­ing a live show ev­ery night of the week would send me to a ner­vous break­down.”

How­ever, a re­turn to her Em­merdale Carly Hope char­ac­ter is a like­lier prospect.

“Em­merdale have left the door open and I am speak­ing to them,” she ad­mit­ted.

“But I think af­ter I fin­ish Strictly I’ll want a nice hol­i­day some­where first.”

Gemma Atkin­son

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