The duo have been told to bring more sauciness to their dances, but pro dancer Rihanoff claimed that it wasn't always possible to be sexy with a dance routine.
"The judges are like directors. They are using adjectives to tease things out of you and to get the best performance out of you. Someones they are more specific and say 'move your hips' more, but usually it's quite generic stuff, like be sexier. I personally think I am sexy, so what can I do?" laughed Salmon.
Rihanoff joked: "I think it's just that Darcey really likes you. She wants to see more of you!"
The Russian pro added: "If you're going to be sexy in a paso doble, you yourself can be sexy, but it's not a sexy dance or always a sexy song. It's a different story and different character with each dance.
"You can't be sexy in every dance - that would get boring. Like if you tried to be funny in every dance. There are different shades of dancing. There are 50 Shades of Dancing! Each dance tells a different story. Some stories are sexy, some aren't. You can't force it, it's either there or not."
Salmon commented: "I think it's ultimately the connection between the dances. It's that which brings the sex factor for viewers. You have to see it between the couple and when it works live on an Argentine tango, it's great."
The Arrow and James Bond actor insisted that he hadn't been shaken by being in the bottom two on last weekend's show and said that he was excited about his upcoming foxtrot routine.
"It's a romantic classic. There's a bit of a Fred Astaire in there, a bit of jazz. It's more my thing," said Salmon.
Rihanoff said: "He loves the music. It's a little bit cheeky as well, there's a bit of humour. It's all going well so far."
Speaking about the ratings success of Strictly this year, Salmon argued that the ballroom dance show was a perfect anecdote in times of national economic hardship.
"I grew up with Sunday Night at the Palladium and this show is just the same thing - it's variety" he said.
"You still have Bruce there, he actually goes back to that era. There's the live band, there's the dance troupes, the bright lights - and now we have all the new technology and cameras. Technology, variety and quality and most importantly it's great family entertainment.
"The show brings light in difficult times."
Strictly airs on Saturday at 6.30pm on BBC One.