Born in Moscow on September 16, 1983, Gleb Savchenko has made a name for himself as a professional dancer, choreographer, and television personality. He began dancing at the tender age of eight and rose to fame as one of the professional dancers on the hit television dancing competition ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ While he’s best known for competing in the American version of the show, Savchenko has also graced the dance floors in three other countries. He first appeared on the American version in 2013 during its 16th season. Let’s dive into five lesser-known facts about the talented dancer Gleb Savchenko.
1. A ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Stint
The UK’s answer to ‘Dancing with the Stars’ is none other than ‘Strictly Come Dancing.’ Savchenko joined the show in 2015 for its 13th season, partnering with television presenter Anita Rani. The duo enjoyed relative success, reaching the semi-finals of the competition and finishing in fifth place. However, Savchenko chose not to return to the show the following year, opting to spend more time with his family.
2. A Culinary Adventure on ‘Celebrity MasterChef’
In 2016, Gleb Savchenko showcased his culinary skills on the UK cooking competition ‘Celebrity MasterChef,’ which airs on BBC. Although he didn’t make it to the finals, it was a refreshing change of pace for the dancer. The competition was ultimately won by Alexis Conran, a British actor, television presenter, and writer.
3. Dancing Duo: Gleb’s Marriage to Elena Samodanova
Gleb Savchenko is married to fellow professional dancer Elena Samodanova. The couple tied the knot in 2007 and have since welcomed two daughters into their lives: Olivia, born in 2011, and Zlata, born in 2017. Elena Samodanova also appeared in six episodes of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ in 2012.
4. A Single ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Finals Appearance
Despite participating in numerous versions of the dancing competition and partnering with various celebrities, Savchenko has only reached the final once. In season 23, he danced his way to the finals with actress and country music singer Jana Kramer. The pair performed a tango to ‘Stay the Night’ and a freestyle dance to ‘Unstoppable.’ Despite their impressive scores, they didn’t clinch the title, which went to Laurie Hernandez and her professional partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy.
5. Four Celebrity Partners on the US ‘Dancing with the Stars’
Gleb Savchenko has had four different celebrity dancing partners throughout his time on the American version of ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ In season 16, he was paired with Lisa Vanderpump, finishing in 10th place. Upon his return in season 23, he danced with Jana Kramer, securing 4th place. In the following season, he partnered with singer, actress, and television personality Erika Jayne, finishing in 9th place with an average score of 28. Most recently, in season 25 (2017), he was paired with actress Sasha Pieterse, and they were eliminated in week five, finishing in 10th place.
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