The arrival of Strictly Come Dancing 2021 has livened up our Saturday night tellies once again, letting viewers lose themselves in a sea of glitter, sequins, and rip-roaring dances.
This year’s series is already shaping up to be one of the best yet, with some highest-ever week one scores, and some equally impressive routines in week two – but away from the dancing there has already been much discussion about a curious phenomenon on the programme – the famous Strictly curse.
Over the past 18 years that Strictly has aired on the BBC, rumours have swirled regarding potential blossoming romances between celebrity contestants and professional dancers.
While some of the rumours have been nothing but talk, others have been grounded in truth, with several couples who met on the show remaining together to do this day.
So what is the Strictly Come Dancing curse?
The Strictly Come Dancing curse doesn’t simply refer to couples meeting and falling in love while competing on the show.
The supposed curse, as it is known, refers to individuals taking part in Strictly who are already in relationships, who end up finding romance with fellow participants.
‘I don’t believe in the curse, but I think lots of people have come in single and they might have met somebody or had a little romance.’
She continued, stating: ‘It’s intoxicating, Strictly, because you’re all part of this extraordinary juggernaut. So I don’t think people fall in love with people, they might just love the experience.’
Nonetheless, that hasn’t stopped some people from getting together during filming.
Which couples has the Strictly Come Dancing curse affected?
One of the most significant cases of the Strictly curse of recent years occurred in 2018, when comedian Seann Walsh was photographed kissing his professional partner Katya Jones.
Katya was married to fellow dancer Neil Jones at the time, while Seann was in a relationship with actor Rebecca Humphries.
After the pictures emerged, Katya shared a statement on Twitter, writing: ‘I’m so sorry about any offence or hurt I may have caused with my actions.
‘I wasn’t thinking and it was a one-off mistake after some drinks. I love my husband and we are very happy together, this is not a reflection on our relationship.’
In August 2019, she and Neil announced their separation after 11 years together, while Seann and Rebecca split shortly after the incident.
In 2018, television presenter Stacey Dooley won the sixteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing with her partner, Kevin Clifton.
The couple confirmed they were in a relationship by April the next year. But while Stacey was competing in Strictly, she had been in a relationship with personal trainer Sam Tucknott.
Stacey has denied she and Kevin became romantically involved while taking part in the competition, stating: ‘It was much later down the line for us.’
Kevin, on the other hand, was previously married to fellow Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Karen Hauer, announcing their split in March 2018 after three years of marriage.
After ending Strictly as runners-up in 2018, Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell got together following much speculation about the state of their relationship.
Dianne split from her boyfriend, Emmerdale actor Anthony Quinlan, while taking part in the competition.
However, the dancer previously said she doesn’t believe in the Strictly curse.
‘Obviously we spend so many hours with our partner but we’re professional dancers we have done this our whole lives,’ she told Heart in October 2019.
‘It’s normal for us it doesn’t mean just because you spend so much time together you’re going to end up together.’
In November 2013, Countdown star Rachel Riley announced that she was separating from her husband Jamie Gilbert, who she met at university.
Later that year, she and her Strictly dance partner Pasha Kovalev started dating, with the couple marrying in June 2019 and welcoming their first child six months later.
Are there any romances on the 2021 Strictly series?
While it’s still early days, there have already been rumours about Tilly Ramsay and her dance partner Nikita Kuzmin.
Speculation has swirled around the pair – who topped the leaderboard in week two with their Charleston after Nicole Wirt, Nikita’s girlfriend of five years, shared a cryptic post after removing a like she had given a post about Tilly’s training.
The post was a split-screen image of a single person on one side captioned ‘the support’ and a crowd on the other labelled ‘the congratulations’ – and Nicole had written ‘don’t be fooled’ across the image, together with an emoji of a person with a finger over their lips.
Tilly has been quick to address the rumours, saying she is focusing on her dancing during her time on the show.
‘Yes I am single but I’m here to focus on dancing,’ she told new! magazine.
‘I’d have been crazy to say no to Strictly Come Dancing. It really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and most importantly I really want to learn to dance.’
Strictly Come Dancing continues tonight at 6.45pm on BBC One.
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