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Come Danc­ing’s Kelvin Fletcher says his re­la­tion­ship with Oti Mabuse is like ‘brother and sis­ter’.

The pair have wowed view­ers on the BBC One show with their dance rou­tines.

“We’ve got a great friend­ship, some­times like brother and sis­ter,” the Old­ham-born former Em­merdale star, 35, said.

He added that Mabuse, 29, is al­ways there to steer him ‘when I’m go­ing wrong, which is quite of­ten’.

Kelvin said he was get­ting a bet­ter ‘frame’ thanks to the gru­elling dance num­bers.

“Oti tells me I’m get­ting more of a dancer’s body so that’s good,” he said.

The dad-of-two said fam­ily time was ‘ex­tra special’ be­cause the de­mands of Strictly mean he is away for so long. And he said he is ‘mas­sively’ ner­vous dur­ing each week’s results show ‘be­cause peo­ple have gone home you’d never ex­pect’.

“It’s ex­tremely nervewrack­ing,” he said. “There’s that sense of re­lief when you’re saved, you want to scream out, but at the same time you’re still con­scious of the peo­ple next to you.”

Kelvin and Oti

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