Strictly Come Dancing pro Nikita Kuzmin has explained how he ended up shirtless in his final dance with Tilly Ramsay.

Nikita caused a commotion on the BBC dance show when he removed his shirt and danced topless with Tilly at the end of their stomping samba to Levitating by Dua Lipa in Sunday night's results show.

He has since joked that his celeb dance partner was the one to make the first move by unbuttoning his top.

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"The first step was Tilly’s, she was the one who unbuttoned my button!" he joked on the spin-off show It Takes Two.

"Check the VR!"

Nikita joked that Tilly made the first step by unbuttoning his shirt

He added: "No, honestly, we felt the energy and we also saw Rhys and Nancy’s dance and they were amazing, so I thought I had to bring something to fight fight fight!”

When asked about how she felt after being eliminated from the show, Tilly said, “You know what, I’m so sad that’s its over but I’m also celebrating what we’ve done in the past ten weeks.

"It’s just been amazing and I want to look back at it positively, because that’s what it was, just the best experience.”

Nikita ended up topless

Speaking about how her confidence has grown, Tilly said: “I actually watched back our week one dance the other day and then watched this dance, and I couldn’t believe it was me still.

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"In that one I could barely let go of Nikita whereas in this one he’d managed to get me dancing around the floor smiling, shaking and just having fun.”

Fans were 'screaming' at the moment when he removed his shirt and joked that it was the 'third dancer' in their routine as the shirt swung around and got caught on his mic wire.

@lovelylaurajd tweeted: "Screaming at Nikita randomly taking off his shirt and then the shirt swinging around like a third dancer in that routine."

@hex_ica2 said: "The third dancer was Nikita's shirt."

And @spiderkebab said: "Ooh, after that dance off, behind the scenes gossip that #Nikitas shirt is being offered a role as one of the pros on next year's."

Sadly the routine wasn't enough to save the pair and they lost out in the dreaded dance-off to Rhys Stephenson and his partner Nancy Xu who performed their waltz to You Light Up My Life by Whitney Houston.

Strictly - It Takes Two continues every weeknight at 6.30pm on BBC Two and Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturday and Sunday nights on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.