Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Kristina Rihanoff says Colin Salmon has "natural rhythm"

Colin Salmon (Strictly Come Dancing)

Strictly Come Dancing pro Kristina Rihanoff has been heaping the praise on her celeb partner Colin Salmon.

Speaking ahead of the first live shows this weekend, Kristina said that the Hollywood actor had a "natural rhythm".

"Colin is a great person to work with, he’s very, very smart, an intelligent guy," she said in an interview with The Sun today. "He’s very respectful, he listens to me and tries to do everything I ask. It’s hard work and he’s tried his very, very best from the beginning.

"He’s an actor so he obviously knows how to compose himself on stage and the floor so I hope it helps with the performance.

"But he is a beginner, so it’s one of those things when you really have to work hard and a lot to really develop his skills."

Kristina added: "However I see a lot of potential, because he has natural rhythm and a sort of grace, so I do hope that this is going to come across in his performance."

But the 35-year-old ballroom professional admitted that it'd be hard for the pair to compete this year, describing the celebrity line up as the best yet.

She told the newspaper: "Louis [Smith] and Denise [Van Outen] have very strong public awareness, so they will perform well, there’s little Dani [Harmer] who is a great a dancer and Nicky [Byrne] from Westlife is definitely going to do well.

"The line-up is probably the best we’ve ever had, so it’s going to be a full on competition."

The Strictly Come Dancing live shows start on Friday night on BBC One.

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