Strictly stars spark romance rumours as they 'grow close' during tour rehearsals

Jowita Przystal and Vito Coppola
Jowita Przystal and Vito Coppola of Strictly fame -Credit:David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock

It looks like there could be another Strictly romance on the cards, as rumours are circulating of a new couple who have become close during rehearsals for the Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals tour. Professional dancers Jowita Przystal and Vito Coppola have been seen entering and leaving each other’s rooms, according to the Mirror.

The two dancers are part of the professionals tour that began in Birmingham earlier this month. Both have been subject to romantic gossip in the past – last year Vito and his partner Ellie Leach had to deny a relationship, while Jowita was linked to the show’s assistant choreographer Arduino Bertoncello in 2023.

“Jowita and Vito have been the main source of gossip during tour rehearsals, and now on the tour itself,” a source told the paper. “They’re seeing each other but keeping it very quiet. They don’t want the kind of attention Jowita had with Giovanni, especially as it’s still early days. They’ve been going off together quite a lot while not rehearsing, and have been in and out of each other’s dressing rooms.”

Jowita Przystal and Vito Coppola
Jowita Przystal and Vito Coppola of Strictly Come Dancing -Credit:Instagram/Jowitaprzystal

Jowitza dated Giovanni Pernice from December 2022 but they split the following spring due to their busy work schedules. He has remained close to his 2021 celebrity dance partner Rose Ayling-Ellis, and recently sent a comforting message of three hearts to her when she posted a heartfelt message on Instagram.

Responding to the news story of a British toddler receiving pioneering gene therapy that ‘treats’ deafness, she wrote: "Today, it was reported that a gene therapy trial has taken place. I knew that it was going to happen, but I didn’t expect it so soon. My first reaction was feeling terrified and heartbroken. It feels like the end. Let me explain why. Imagine a world where everyone is “normal”. What will become of our story, our culture, language, and identity? Will we be the last deaf generation and end up in a museum somewhere?

Jowita Przystal and Vito Coppola
Strictly's Jowita Przystal and Vito Coppola -Credit:David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock

"Deaf people have existed throughout human history. Who decides that their lives are not worth being integrated into society? Who assumes that we want to be “fixed”? Where will they draw the line?"Will all the hard work that deaf people fought for inclusivity be thrown out of the window? Why would society meet us halfway now they are the 'cure'? A cure is defined as 'relieving a person of the symptoms of a disease or condition'. My deafness is not a disease or a condition. I don’t need relief from it. My deafness has given me many opportunities, and my life is richer because of it. Why would I want that to be gone?"

Budding couple Vito and Jowitza are being joined on the Strictly tour by professional dancers including Dianne Buswell, Carlos, Karen Hauer, Neil Jones, Nikita Kuzmin, Gorka Marquez, Luba Mushtuk, Graziano di Prima, Michelle Tsiakkas and Nancy Xu.