New Zealand supermodel Rachel Hunter is fighting off her dance instructor's romantic advances during rehearsals for British TV talent show Strictly Come Dancing.

Rod Stewart's ex-wife, who starred in DANCING WITH THE STARS - the US version of the popular BBC show - earlier this year (05), has teamed up with professional dancer Brendan Cole to compete in a Christmas special of the programme.

And the newly-divorced beauty, 36, admits she has knocked back the advances of fellow Kiwi Cole, who previously dated another celebrity contestant NATASHA KAPLINKSY.

She says, "I don't go on dates. "When you are dancing close to somebody for a long period, it is easy to see how people can become attracted. It's very sensual and sexual.

"You do get very close and you can see how something could start like what happened with Brendan and Natasha. Brendan is a very charming man."