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Tointon 'wasn't looking for Strictly romance'

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Strictly 2010 Final: Kara Tointon - Winner

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Kara Tointon has revealed that her romance with Strictly Come Dancing partner Artem Chigvintsev took her completely by surprise.

The former EastEnders actress, who waltzed to victory with her new lover during last weekend's ballroom final, claimed that she had sworn off men prior to the competition due to her difficult split from previous boyfriend Joe Swash.

Speaking on a festive edition of The Graham Norton Show, Tointon said: "I wasn't looking for a relationship. I had decided not to date for the next two years.

"I was having a moment out [but] I was attracted to Artem because he is a real gentlemen and I haven't met one of those in a while. He's gorgeous inside and out."

Tointon previously confirmed that the couple have made plans to spend Christmas together.

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