Strictly’s Karim Zeroual denies ‘curse’ rumours with Amy Dowden

Karim Zeroual has denied that there is any romance with his professional dance partner, Amy Dowden.

The 25-year-old CBBC star has claimed he is "too busy" to have a romantic liaison with Amy and has said he doesn't take notice of any "curse" rumours.

There has been plenty of speculation surrounding Karim and Amy's Strictly relationship but he said any debate about their chemistry does not worry him.

Karim said: "I don't really know about any rumours. I'm too busy learning to do this waltz than to worry about stuff like that."

The presenter has been dating university student Poppy Birtwistle for three years, while Amy is also in a relationship and preparing to tie the knot with her fiancé Ben Jones.

Welsh dancer Amy, 28, said: "Karim is coming to my wedding next July…. I'm so excited."

Asked whether the Strictly judges were also invited, she said: "We'll have to wait and see!"

Karim quipped that he had a surprise up his sleeve: "I'm doing a speech but she doesn't know that!"

The star dismissed any suggestion he had dance experience before Strictly, saying: "I was a singer in musical theatre, The Lion King, when I was about eight! There's no movement in it!"

And the popular CBBC presenter said he hopes Strictly gives him a springboard into other TV work, saying: "I definitely want experience on other telly."

But he added: "Kids' telly is amazing… this is the best job in the world. It's not even work, I get paid to have a pie in my face!"

Karim has also revealed he’s been having steamy sauna sessions with Glitterball rival, comedian Chris Ramsay.

When they’re not competing on the dancefloor, the pair have developed a bromance and enjoy winding down together after gruelling rehearsals.

Karim says it’s just what he needs after 14-hour days.

“I go to the sauna and steam most nights with Chris,” said Karim, "It’s nice. We rest our weary bones and our worries roll away."

Strictly Come Dancing continues with the results show at 7.20pm on Sunday night on BBC One.

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