Strictly Come Dancing 2013: Rachel Riley excited to dance with Pasha Kovalev!

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Strictly Come Dancing contestant Rachel Riley has confessed she's overwhelmed to be partnered with Pasha Kovalev!

Countdown host Rachel was paired with the hunky performer on last weekend's launch show, and the competitive pair are in it to win it.

Pasha has danced with a string of beautiful ladies during his time on the show, but has so far yet to go one better than second place.

In 2011 he was runner up with Waterloo Road actress Chelsee Healey and last autumn he narrowly missed out on the title with Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh.

Whether or not Pasha and Rachel will get to the final however will depend on whether or not she can focus!

"Everyone on the crew has said well done to me, given me a wink and been like, 'Lucky you!'" she admitted.

And in bad news for her friends and family, Rachel added: "I said goodbye to my husband till Christmas! It's his birthday soon, so I said: 'I'll get you a good present and then just send it to you!"

Rachel also admitted she was a fan of Kimberley on last year's show, saying her favourite dance from previous series was the singer's Tango, describing it as "just incredible".

Strictly Come Dancing 2013 airs from October on BBC One.

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