Viewers tuned into Saturday night’s Strictly Come Dancing were given a shock after Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice’s steamy tango reached a dramatic climax.
The duo – whose raunchy performance was saved right till the very end of the show – appeared to kiss at the end of their raunchy routine as their faces pressed together.
The first Argentine tango of the series saw the pair entwining their bodies for two minutes of kicks, flicks and longing glances.
Ranvir, 43, had previously teased she and the 30-year-old Italian professional would be ‘up in each other’s business’ and the number – set to Prince’s When Doves Cry – did not dissapoint.
Head judge Shirley Ballas said the tango made her ‘hot under the collar’.
“I felt like you were in your own room and we were all watching from the window, as your legs got entwined and your lips puckered.
“And you almost kissed each other! It was so hot, it was so sensational,” cried Shirley.
And she wasn’t alone in noticing the ‘almost’ kiss at the end of the show, as viewers also went wild on Twitter for the jaw-dropping moment.
“Ranvir wow think she was really lost in the moment. I honestly thought she’d kiss him at the end. Fantastic,” praised one shocked fan.
“Ranvir couldn’t have gotten closer to Giovanni if they tried! Wow they basically kissed,” swooned another.
It comes as Good Morning Britain host Ranvir described Giovanni as ‘sizzling’ as she opened up about the Strictly curse rumours that have followed them since week one.
Gushing about her Italian dance partner, with whom her chemistry has even been noted by her GMB colleagues, Ranvir told the Mirror: “Giovanni is so amazing, he doesn’t need me to be sensational. He sizzles all by himself. It doesn’t matter whether I’m in the room or not, he’s sizzling away. The dances are all about being romantic and, of course, we have to make them convincing.
“You’ve got to be game when you take part in Strictly. You can’t do things halfheartedly. I admit, it doesn’t come easily. You have to break down some of your own barriers and do things that can feel embarrassing at first.
“It’s very intimate,” she added. “Then your face is right in their face. It’s taken a bit of getting used to.”
Ranvir, who announced she’d split from her husband after appearing on the show, says Strictly has come at the right time for her.
“Sometimes in life, you feel like you’re going against the tide. And then out of nowhere, something changes and it all works out.
“If I got hit by the curse, it would be a bloody miracle. Oh my God, that would be hilarious. Most of the dancers were born in 1990 or something. I’m old enough to be their mother. It’s very optimistic and complimentary that anyone would think I would be struck by the curse.”
Strictly airs on Saturday, BBC1, 7.15pm and Sunday, 7.25pm.