Strictly Come Dancing: Giovanni Pernice and Ashley Roberts ‘share off-camera KISS’

Strictly Come Dancing pro Giovanni Pernice was spotted rushing to Ashley Roberts off-camera after discovering that she was saved in the dance-off.

The dancer, 28, couldn’t hide his happiness that the 37-year-old singer had made it through to the quarter-finals and gave her a lingering kiss on the cheek.

This comes after the pair reportedly enjoyed a "string of dates" together.

An insider told Mirror TV: "Giovanni didn’t hesitate to go over to Ashley once the cameras stopped rolling.

"He passionately embraced her and gave her a lingering kiss on the cheek.

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"They then separated to speak to other couples on the dance floor."

Ashley has previously been very coy about their relationship but has refused to rule out a romance.

"We’ve gone out for drinks. He’s a lovely guy, but we are not dating," she told Fabulous.

“I’m so focused on the show right now, and really that’s where I want my focus to be.

"What happens after that, I don’t know. The right guy will come along at the right time. I believe in that.”

Up to now, all eyes have been on the Italian stallion and his partner, Faye Tozer, after the pair were spotted looking very cosy at lunch together.

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Faye even admitted she had been struggling in her marriage throughout the competition, but Giovanni spoofed the lunch pics to show there was nothing more to it than just some fun with a friend.

Tonight, the judges were left stunned when Ashley landed in the bottom two despite receiving a 10 for her Samba and top marks in the disastrous lindy-hop-athon.

Ashley and pro pro partner Pasha Kovalev went up against cricketer Graeme Swann and partner Oti Mabuse in the dance-off.

After both couples performed their routines for a second time, all the judges chose to save Ashley, which Bruno Tonioli branded "obvious" after Craig Revel Horwood called it "a no brainer."

MirrorOnline has contacted BBC for comment.

Strictly Come Dancing returns next Saturday at 6.50pm and the results air on Sunday at 7.20pm on BBC1.