Gemma Atkinson brushes off claims of Strictly Come Dancing fallout

Strictly Come Dancing star Gemma Atkinson has denied a feud sparked by her apparent romance with Gorka Marquez.

The former Emmerdale actress is said to be dating Strictly rival Alexandra Burke’s professional dance partner, Marquez.

But Atkinson, 32, brushed off any suggestion that she and Burke, 29, are at loggerheads.

Alexandra Burke and her dance partner Gorka Marquez (Guy Levy/BBC)

She told the Daily Mirror: “People love to hear that contestants or pros are falling out because they love a little bit of drama. But unfortunately there isn’t any.”

The actress, whose dance partner is Aljaz Skorjanec, added: “We’re all so focused on our dances that we haven’t got time to fall out. Gorka’s priority on the show is getting Alexandra through week by week, the same thing Aljaz has.

“My focus is pleasing Aljaz, it’s the same for every couple.”

Asked about her relationship with Marquez, she said: “We are getting to know each other, but for now the main focus is dancing.”

Burke is tipped to win the Strictly glitterball this year, while TV presenter Ruth Langsford is favourite to get the boot at the weekend.

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