By GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN
Lads - and Kara's - day out: Miss Tointon joined boyfriend Artem Chigvintsev and other Strictly dancers James Jordan and Jordan Murillo for lunch in Manchester yesterday
She is one of the most glamorous contestants of Strictly Come Dancing whose sex appeal and sultry dancing won the competition.
But Kara Tointon proved that she can also be one of the boys as she spent yesterday hanging out with the Strictly Come Dancing lads.
The actress was snapped in Manchester ahead of the BBC One show's date at the city's Evening News Arena which takes place tonight.
Yesterday, during a break in rehearsals, Kara, 27, left the Lowry Hotel, where contestants and their dancing partners are staying, for some food.
But she didn't indulge in a girls' lunch with her fellow female dancers, but decided to hang out with the lads instead.
With boyfriend and dance partner Artem Chigvintsev, the couple were joined by dancers James Jordan and Jared Murillo as they headed out for a bite to eat.
Catching up: While Artem chatted to Jared, Kara and James checked their emails and text messages
The four were snapped waiting to cross the road as they left the hotel and headed into the city.
And in a sign of the times, all four of them clutched mobile phones as they checked their emails and texts sent to them during their rehearsals.
After lunch, they all hit the shops to indulge in some retail therapy and spend their hard-earned Strictly dosh.
Checking in: Kara catches up on her friends, family and possibly agent as she takes a break from Strictly rehearsals
But while James and Jared didn't seem to mind traipsing round the shops, Artem, who has been dating Kara since they were paired together for the BBC show last year, looked bored.
He was snapped propping himself up by a cashier's till looking completely fed up as Kara chatted to the sales assistant.
The four are part of the Strictly tour which is almost at an end after kicking off in Nottingham last month.
After tonight's Manchester date, the tour will wrap up with six dates at the Glasgow SECC.
Fancy a bit of shopping, fellas? Kara rallies her men as they head into town
Do you have that in my size? As Kara chatted to the shop assistant, Artem looked bored as he leaned against the cash register desk
Kara Tointon & Olly Murs Interview on 'Lorraine' (7th Feb 2011)
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