Ellie Leach smitten with Strictly pro Vito Coppola who makes her believe in herself

Former Coronation Street star Ellie Leach is reportedly "smitten" with her Strictly Come Dancing pro partner Vito Coppola.

The pair have been surrounded by romance rumours for weeks after they were seen leaving the Pride of Britain awards together last month.

Vito also kisses Ellie on the cheek at the end of every routine they perform on the BBC series.

Now, it's been reported their relationship is "bigger than what the camera captures".

A source told the Daily Star: "Vito and Ellie's connection is more than dance showmanship. It's turned personal, heartfelt, real.

"There's a unique glow around them in rehearsals, a palpable warmth."

OK! has contacted a representative for Ellie for comment.

Ellie has previously opened up about how Vito gives her confidence and helps her believe in herself.

She told The Sun: Vito’s brought out a different side to me, he really pushes me and he is like, ‘You can do this’."

Ellie continued: "Vito is a great teacher.

“Sometimes I don’t believe in myself and he believes in me, which is really, really nice.”

Ellie and Vito thrilled the judges on Saturday evening with their American Smooth, which saw them top the leaderboard with a score of 39 out of 40.

Head judge Shirley Ballas predicted she could end up in the final while Craig Revel Horwood said the soap star has gone from "strength to strength".

Speaking of the routine with Claudia Winkleman, Ellie said: "Honestly, I love that. The vibe, the costume, and the team are amazing. I felt a million dollars!

"I was like 'What am I meant to do here?' But I've got an amazing teacher!"

After it was confirmed they had made it through to the next week, Ellie paid tribute to her fans on Instagram.

Sharing a snap of herself looking at Vito, she penned: "Thank you, thank you, thank you.

"What a magical night, we are so grateful for all of your support and we’re soooo happy to be through to another week on that strictly dancefloor."

Her fellow Strictly stars rushed to praise her with Zara McDermott posting: "So proud of you this week I watched you with the biggest smile on my face ever fave look of the series too!!! Just beautiful xxxx."

Amanda Abbington added: "Stunning. So proud of the both of you. You are the most beautiful couple!"

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday on BBC One at 6.05pm.

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