The team were chatting to host Zoe Ball about preparing for the sensual clichd, which earned high praise from head judge Shirley Ballas, when the virtuoso dancer dropped the bombshell.
Speaking about how she found the challenge, Gemma, 33, commented: “It was a damned hard dance to do and straight from the rehearsal room I was struggling to get it. But I ponder it went okay on the night.
“I loved it. It was a great song. But it was spooky doing it with Aljaž because he’s like my bro.”(sic)
Aljaž then repeated on to reveal how he got Gemma in a romantic mood for the performance, explaining: “We did crack it.
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Strictly Come Dancing: Gemma was left side red-faced by Aljaz’s revelation“It’s one of those, I always try, whenever you do the Rumba, you don’t actually romance in rehearsals.
“You want to make it real and you don’t want to act it so as willingly as we heard that, ‘Dancing the Rumba…’ Gemma has one particular person that she usually switches on when she hears their name. So I said, two words, and it goes similar kind, ‘Tom Hardy’.”
Gemma blushed as she confessed it was true, laughing: “He put about, ‘For this dance I am Tom Hardy’, and I was like, ‘Oh okay’.”
The moment encountered after Aljaž, 27, halted the show when he was given an antediluvian birthday present in the form of his own name tag.
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Strictly Come Dancing: Aljaz was given an early Christmas offering on the showThe Slovenian dancer was elated when he found a long jingle of card with his name scribbled across it behind the sofa on the BBC Two elucidate.
“Look at it! It’s brilliant!” he exclaimed, leaving the Emmerdale actress dumbfounded with his reaction.
The Strictly Come Dancing finale airs Saturday on BBC One at 6.30pm while It Undergoes Two airs weekdays on BBC Two at 6.30pm.