Strictly’s Kristina Rihanoff reveals “best Christmas present ever”

11:01 24 December 2012

Ballroom beauty Kristina Rihanoff. File picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive

Ballroom beauty Kristina Rihanoff. File picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive

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Strictly Come Dancing’s Kritina Rihanoff has revealed she has already received the best Christmas present she could hope for from her boxer boyfriend Joe Calzaghe.

The 35-year-old, who is a professional dancer on the BBC1 show, said she didn’t need anything in her stocking on Christmas morning because she would be spending the holiday season with her mother.

She said: “I already got the best present ever because my boyfriend has brought my mother over from Russia.

“That is a great present, I wouldn’t want anything else. It was so thoughtful of him so I’m so, so happy.”

Speaking at a special performance of the musical Wicked, where a new cast was unveiled at London’s Apollo Victoria theatre, Kristina, who partnered James Bond actor Colin Salmon in this year’s show, said she is looking forward to a rest now the current series of Strictly is over.

She said: “It will be nice to have a break and be back home and enjoy my family and family fun. I have about a month off, I will carry on teaching but it’s much less full on.”

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