Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola head to the Strictly final (Photo: PA)

Strictly Come Dancing star Vito Coppola has revealed how much Ellie Leach means to him no matter where they place in the final.

The Coronation Street actress, 22, and the professional dancer, 31, are one of three remaining couples hoping to lift the glitterball trophy on Saturday, with Bobby Brazier and Dianne Buswell, and Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin.

In recent weeks, Ellie and Vito have found themselves surrounded by rumors that they are the latest victims to fall for the notorious Strictly curse, and although there have been plenty of hints of a blossoming relationship, the pair have not directly addressed the speculation.

But they're not letting it detract from their experience or training time and have put the 'romance' comments aside.

Speaking to Metro.co.uk and other media outlets ahead of the final, Vito admitted, when asked if they were paying attention to the rumours: 'We're so involved in rehearsals all day, we have so many things to think about, and choreography, and lifts, up, down, left, right.

'And after we finish we will have time to eat quickly enough, and then we will take a nap because we need energy to continue rehearsals. Then we go home and we just say, “Let's eat and sleep,” because the next day we have to go back, so we're really very focused on this beautiful experience.

Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola

The pair have sparked romance speculation in recent weeks (Photo: PA)

'Words cannot describe how much we are truly enjoying every day, every rehearsal, every second of this incredible Strictly'

We are exhausted just thinking about it! But Vito made it clear that the duo there is no time for these rumors.

However, Ellie admitted how much 'trust' she has in her partner, as he declared her his 'winner'.

As they approached the final, Ellie recalled that the experience was like “a dream” and how she already feels as if she had won.

Turning to Vito, she said, 'Having had this experience, I already feel like I've won, and with you, as a teacher and partner, I truly feel like I've won.

Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola

'I already feel like I won' (Photo: PA)

'Obviously it would be nice to win, but going into Strictly I just wanted to have fun and enjoy every moment, and that's exactly what we did.

'So if we win it will be amazing, if we don't win it will still be amazing, I had an amazing experience.'

“She's been my winner since day one, and the way she's improved, she's worked so hard,” Vito responded, adding, “Really, you've been every week the winner, my winner, our couple's winner, and I'm sure that your whole family and all the people who love you are proud.

Despite Vito's faith in her and the fact they had never been in the bottom two, Ellie admitted that each week they were 'shocked' but 'grateful' for the public's support, and it took a while before she found confidence in her. yourself.

She said: 'I think at the start of the competition I didn't really have a lot of self-confidence or self-confidence, and that's something I've always really struggled with.

Ellie admitted she was very nervous at the start of the competition, but learned to trust herself (Photo: PA)

'I think Strictly has really helped me develop that and grow because obviously we're going live on Saturday, which is something I'm not used to.'

Saying that live shows were “completely out of my comfort zone”, Ellie continued: “So for me, it really helped me build my self-confidence.”

She continued: 'After the first week, I thought, “This is the weirdest experience ever. I can’t believe I just danced on live TV in front of millions of people.”

'But then as the weeks went by, I thought, “Okay, I'm starting to learn a new skill, I'm starting to learn a lot more about myself,” and Vito believed in me from the beginning and so that made me think, 'Okay, well, if Vito believes in me and can trust me to do this dance, then maybe I should believe in myself a little more.'

This belief didn't start out easy, with Ellie admitting she was “really nervous” when the competition began.

Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola

'I found my rhythm on the dance floor' (Photo: PA)

She said that during the first training session she told Vito, 'Look, I'm sorry, there are going to be things I really don't think I can do.'

“I was really scared,” she recalled. 'I've never had any experience with dancing, I think sometimes you know when you hear music [that] you can move to the music and know if it has a bit of rhythm or not, but I honestly didn't know if I would be able to learn ballroom dancing and Latin dancing.

'And also at the beginning I was kind of not trusting myself. As the weeks went by, I was like, “Okay, I'm starting to get into the swing of things, so trust yourself a little more,” and that's when I found my groove on the dance floor.

While remaining coy about the chemistry they had together, Ellie revealed that their 'strong partnership' and 'mutual trust' helped their success on the dance floor over time. the three months they have been rehearsing.

'Vito is an incredible dancer, so he's a professional, so I have to trust him, but it also has a lot to do with him trusting me because it's something I've never done before, so for him to make the choreography so difficult, it has There needs to be a lot of confidence in that,” she said.

Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola

'I trusted her from day one, because I believed in her potential' (Photo: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire)

“I trusted her from day one, because I believed in her potential,” replied Vito.

He continued: 'Because she didn't trust herself, I said, “Okay, so I need your trust first,” so I made her trust me first.

'Now, since you trust me, if I trust you, trust me, I trust you! And you will trust yourself!

'And then it worked, because she said at the beginning, “No, I can't do that,” and I said, “Okay, if you really believe me, and we have this kind of 50/50 [relationship]let's meet halfway, you'll see, you'll be surprised at how good you are.

He added: 'The most beautiful thing was seeing the development. I said: “Don't worry, give me a blank page, I'll start writing for you, you read it and then you realize how good you are!”

The paso doble was when something 'changed' (Photo: PA)

“And it seems like the moment she started to believe in herself was the paso doble, the dance that made something change, like 'Oh, actually, I really like this and I really start to believe in myself.'

“We had a great connection, a 50/50 partnership from the beginning,” he added.

Ellie has elsewhere addressed her future plans after Strictly, although this won't be her last time dancing with Vito as she joins some of the other celebrities embarking on the Strictly tour.

“We always say that we really live in the present and we don't like to think too much about the future because I think when you do that, you kind of miss all the best parts of the present and especially in this experience I didn't want to miss something because I knew how quickly this would pass.

'So I thought, “Live in the present, don't think too much about the future”, and I really enjoyed the Strictly experience, and then we have the tour which will be really fun! So I'm excited about that and I'm also excited to see what's next.

Strictly Come Dancing final airs on Saturday at 7pm on BBC One and iPlayer.

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