Kara Tointon is looking forward to spending Christmas with Artem Chigvinstev.

The 'Strictly Come Dancing' winner admitted she is keen to settle into a normal relationship with her dance partner now the BBC One show has come to an end, and the pair will be spending Christmas together.

We are still spending lots of time together. In fact, Artem is going to cook us dinner tonight, which is going to be really nice. I am really looking forward to introducing him to my friends and more of my family this Christmas.

She explained: "Artem is going to come and spend Christmas with my family. Will I introduce him as my boyfriend? I should hope so, yeah! I have met an amazing person, and I go a bit red when people ask about it.

"We are still spending lots of time together. In fact, Artem is going to cook us dinner tonight, which is going to be really nice. I am really looking forward to introducing him to my friends and more of my family this Christmas."

Kara confessed she had fancied Artem from the first time they appeared on the show together, but her feelings came to a head on Saturday night's (18.12.10 ) final when she kissed him passionately on live TV.

She explained: "It was us just enjoying it and that is when I realised what an amazing person I have met, and that I want to spend more time with him.

"I think I was lost in the moment, I was so happy that I gave him a big smacker."

However, the final wasn't all plain sailing for the former 'EastEnders' actress, as she was left in pain after hurting her back on the previous day.

She told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "On Friday I did this backflip and I knew I had done something. I woke up on Saturday in a bit of pain, I took some painkillers and I had physio all day. On the night, on dance two, I felt it go. Then I was trying to do all these tricks and lifts in pain.

"I have torn some ligaments in my arm. Then we made it through to the next round, it was a shame because I'd like to have done a couple of really good dances. They weren't that good at the end. That is why Saturday night meant so much because I didn't expect people to vote for me."