Strictly's Sara Davies and Aljaz Skorjanec look closer than ever after dance rehearsals 1

Strictly’s Sara Davies and Aljaz Skorjanec look closer than ever after dance rehearsals

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Strictly’s Sara Davies and Aljaz Skorjanec look in high spirits as the pair link arms after dance rehearsals


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Strictly Come Dancing’s Sara Davies and Aljaz Skorjanec looked closer than ever as the pair were spotted linking arms after they left their rehearsal studio in London on Thursday.

The Dragon’s Den star and professional dancer couldn’t keep the smiles off their faces as they head into week eight of this year’s competition.

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Sarah, 37, beamed as she sported some comfy leisure wear consisting of a blue hoodie and scarlet leggings. 

Close: Strictly's Sara Davies and Aljaz Skorjanec looked closer than ever as the pair were spotted linking arms after dance rehearsals in London on Thursday

Close: Strictly’s Sara Davies and Aljaz Skorjanec looked closer than ever as the pair were spotted linking arms after dance rehearsals in London on Thursday 

The entrepreneur finished off the look with a pair of white trainers and allowed her natural beauty to shine through by going makeup-free.  

Meanwhile Aljaz, 31, was wrapped up for the cold London weather in one of his stylish signature looks. 

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The Latin champion paired a forest green coat with a black jumper and grey jeans. 

Beaming: The Strictly duo couldn't keep the smiles off their faces as they head into week eight of this years competition

Beaming: The Dragon’s Den star and professional dancer couldn’t keep the smiles off their faces as they head into week eight of this year’s competition

Friends: The pair have grown a close friendship since they met on the hit BBC show

Low-key look: Sarah, 37, beamed as she sported some comfy leisure wear consisting of a blue hoodie and scarlet leggings 

After weeks of rehearsals the pair have formed a close friendship having recently been spotted on a night out in central London with their partners.

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With only weeks left to go until the grand finale, the competition is about to get even fiercer, as the remaining celebs battle it out for the famous Glitterball Trophy.

Earlier this week, Strictly Come Dancing bosses hit back at ‘fix’ and favouritism claims after statistics showed that nearly half of all the show’s winners were from the BBC.

Finishing touches: The entrepreneur finished off the look with a pair of white trainers and allowed her natural beauty to shine through by going makeup-free

Finishing touches: The entrepreneur finished off the look with a pair of white trainers and allowed her natural beauty to shine through by going makeup-free 

Big night: Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova left rehearsals for Saturday's live show too

Big night: Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova left rehearsals for Saturday’s live show too

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Leggy: Nadiya showed off her toned pins in some grey shorts

Leggy: Nadiya showed off her toned pins in some grey shorts 

Out and about: Sara caught the eye in a pair of orange leggings

Out and about: Sara caught the eye in a pair of orange leggings

Hunk: John Whaite was also out and about in a revealing vest

All-black: He dressed casually

Hunk: John Whaite was also out and about in a revealing vest

Luggage: Pro dancer Johannes Radebe carried his suitcase as he left the studio

Luggage: Pro dancer Johannes Radebe carried his suitcase as he left the studio

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Rehearsals: Dan and Nadiya left the studios together with their suitcases

Rehearsals: Dan and Nadiya left the studios together with their suitcases

Dancing: Dan is most famous for being a presenter on BBC Breakfast

Dancing: Dan is most famous for being a presenter on BBC Breakfast 

Style: Nadiya looked cool as she donned shades

Style: Nadiya looked cool as she donned shades 

Out of all the winners of the BBC series – which began in 2004 – 18 of them, or 44 per cent, have been celebrities who are on the channel’s books.

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But a representative of the programme denied claims that BBC stars are more likely to reach the final, insisting that ‘the winner is decided by the public.’

It comes just days after Adam Peaty’s mother slammed Strictly and said she is ‘not buying the public vote’ after her son was eliminated.

Booted: The outing comes days after Adam Peaty's mother slammed Strictly and said she is 'not buying the public vote' after her son was eliminated (Adam pictured with pro Katya Jones)

Booted: The outing comes days after Adam Peaty’s mother slammed Strictly and said she is ‘not buying the public vote’ after her son was eliminated (Adam pictured with pro Katya Jones) 

During its 17-year run, Strictly has seen several mainstream stars lift the coveted glitterball trophy, including Stacey Dooley, Tom Chambers, Ore Oduba and Joe McFadden.

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While EastEnders actresses Kara Tointon and Jill Halfpenny have also emerged victorious.

Other winners connected to the BBC include Chris Hollins and Natasha Kaplinsky.  

Out of the 264 contestants in Strictly’s history, 102 of them – 39 per cent – have worked for the broadcaster. 

However, a Strictly representative shut down the report, stating to MailOnline: ‘These statistics are misleading. The winner of Strictly is decided by the public vote.’

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Winners: EastEnders actresses Kara Tointon and Jill Halfpenny have also emerged victorious (Kara with pro dancer Artem Chigvintsev after winning in 2010)

Winners: Earlier this week, Strictly hit back at ‘fix’ and favouritism claims after statistics showed that nearly half of all the show’s winners were from the BBC (pictured: EastEnders actress Kara Tointon with pro Artem Chigvintsev who won the show in 2010)

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