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He has since reached the finals three out of five series, finishing runner-up on his first and second series, and winning on his fourth.
As a Strictly professional dancer, Kovalev holds the record for most tens ever awarded, with a total of 61, and the record for most perfect scores, with a total of 8.
The couple is also the first to receive a perfect score for all three of their dances in the final.
Kovalev has received the highest score in Strictly history for seven of the show's fifteen dance styles and is the only Strictly professional dancer to receive the perfect score for the Paso Doble and the first to receive it for the Tango.
Kovalev was announced as an "All-Star" for both Season 7 and Season 8 of the show, performing all the Latin and Ballroom dances with the female finalists, including winners Lauren Froderman and Melanie Moore.