Strictly Come Dancing couples: 5 relationships that have blossomed from Strictly

The series went relatively scandal-free until rumours that a mystery couple had been enjoying a romance behind the scenes was revealed. Get the best celeb exclusives and video house tours to your inbox every evening with our daily newsletter. Strictly Come Dancing has become notorious for making and breaking the love lives of celebrities over the 15 years its been on our screens. The Strictly ‘curse’ is synonymous with the BBC dancing competition that has seen several professionals and celebrities get together while spending hours in the training room learning how to dance. The very first series back in was mired with controversy when it was alleged Brendan Cole and Natasha Kaplinsky had a fling when they were paired together, which they denied. Over a decade later and the series has gone relatively scandal-free with only rumours of a mystery couple enjoying a romance behind the scenes.


The Strictly Come Dancing curse is a phenomenon many believe to affect the celebrities and their dance partners. Here we take a look at which couples have been hit by the curse. Strictly Come Dancing is here, and the 15 celebrities have danced their first dance. Because of the gruelling schedules, sexy, intimate dance moves and spending so much time with their partners, off-screen romances can sometimes blossom. Dianne was dating soap Anthony Quinlan during Strictly last year, but their relationship ended during her time on Strictly Come Dancing.

Recently we started dating but we’re allowed to see each other as two single people,” she said. The couple are still together and have a daughter.

Most people think the Strictly Come Dancing curse ends relationships but these couples prove the powerful spell can also lead to true love. Strictly is on its way back! Don’t miss our regular newsletter round-up with the latest show news. All that close contact, those skimpy outfits, the hours of getting sweaty together in rehearsals and enduring the highs and lows of the competition mean some couples feel they need to be together.

Now, Stacey Dooley and her boyfriend Sam Tucknott are the latest victims — amid rumours she dumped him for her dance partner Kevin Clifton. As the ‘Strictly curse’ strikes again, who are the couples who fell for it — and have they gone the distance? Documentary star Stacey Dooley, 32, won Strictly with dance partner Kevin Clifton, 36, in , and her relationship fell apart shortly afterwards. The TV favourite was dating beau Sam Tucknott for five years, but they split following her stint on the dancing competition, as he claimed he found ‘I love you’ texts from Kevin on her phone.

When news of Sam and Stacey’s split was announced in March, the break up had been put down to conflicting schedules, though there continuing growing rumours Stacey had fallen for her former Strictly mentor. But more recently, personal trainer Sam spoke out and branded Kevin a “love rat,” adding that he packed his stuff and left the flat they shared as soon as he saw Kevin’s message. Because Dianne , 29, broke up with her boyfriend Emmerdale actor Anthony Quinlan, 33, just three weeks into the series.

Now Joe, who has 5. Things look serious – so serious that they’ve apparently been annoying their castmates by constantly sucking face on the Strictly tour.

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Strictly Come Dancing returned for its fifteenth series with a launch show on 9 September on BBC One , with the live shows starting on 23 September On 9 May , it was announced that Len Goodman , who had retired from the show, would be replaced by Shirley Ballas. Tonioli missed the week 5 episode due to a scheduling conflict, and was not replaced by a guest judge.

Therefore, the maximum score for a pair that week was

Both has separate curse, with Sean dating actress Rebecca Humphries for 5 years, while Katya was married to dancer and Strictly choreographer Neil Jones.

Strictly Come Dancing ‘s launch show saw the 15 celebrities paired up with their professional partners. Former England footballer Alex Scott, currently the favourite to win, has become professional dancer Neil Jones’s first celebrity partner. Jones joins the lead cast of the dancing competition after separating from his wife and fellow Strictly professional Katya Jones , who was photographed kissing her celebrity partner — comedian Seann Walsh — last year.

Click through the galley below to see the celebrities with their professional dance partners. Reigning champion Kevin Clifton was paired with Anneka Rice in the opening show of the 17th series. Rice joked that she “hasn’t got a rhythm gene I can’t even clap in time”. Audience favourite Anton Du Beke has been partnered with EastEnders star Emma Barton , whom many believe is a strong contender to make it to the grand final in Blackpool. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.

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17 couples who found love on Dancing on Ice, Strictly and more reality TV shows

Few shows have quite the multi generational pull as Strictly Come Dancing. The shown has proven a firm family favourite with an impressive 17 seasons under its belt. But what exactly is this strange phenomenon, and who has been struck by it in the show’s history? One couple who made headlines for allegedly falling victim to the “curse” is former champion Stacey Dooley and her ex boyfriend Sam Tucknott, who ended their relationship following Dooley’s time on the show.

We look back at the Strictly Come Dancing couples who have graced the The couple were paired together in and started dating after.

This year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing has had more than its fair share of scandal. But whilst there was nothing going on with Faye, Giovanni, who previously dated his former Strictly partner, ex-Coronation Street actress Georgia May Foote, has been linked to fellow Strictly contestant Ashley Roberts , formerly of the Pussycat Dolls. Although both of them denied the rumours, the speculation has persisted, and Ashley has now been forced to deny them yet again in an interview on This Morning.

When presenter Phillip Schofield kept pushing, Ashley laughed off the rumours once again. She said, “Giovanni and I are friends. I’m really focused on the show. I’m passionate about getting better. It’s all about the dancefloor for me. We’re just friends and I’m single. Official news on whether these two are dating is yet to be confirmed, but Strictly winner Caroline Flack was spotted kissing professional dancer AJ Pritchard at the NTAs.

On the first ever series of Strictly back in , news reader Natasha Kaplinsky and professional dancer Brendan Cole were paired together. Despite both being in other relationships at the time, both Natasha and Brendan called off their romances and started dating after the series finished. Their relationship didn’t last long though, and they are now both happily married to other people.

With the pair both single at the time, Ali and Brian started a relationship, only for it to end the following year.

Strictly Come Dancing: A Curse or Cupid?

Strictly Come Dancing star Karen Hauer is one of our favourite professional dancers on the show — and she singer David Webb are fast becoming one of our favourite celebrity couples. The couple went to see dance-theatre show Message In A Bottle which is currently on in the Peacock theatre. Their friends and fans have been taking to comment to compliment the pair on how sharp they look. Love the new hair colour too Karen. Ahead of the Strictly final in December, David posted a gushing tribute to his winner, Karen.

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Strictly Come Dancing star Karen Hauer is one of our favourite and singer David Webb are fast becoming one of our favourite celebrity couples.

So much so that dating after series 15 ended the pair went official with their romance. In the months after their Strictly victory, they confirmed they were together romantically. The pair made couples all the way to dancing final finishing as runners-up. Behind the scenes, Pernice and Roberts struck up a romantic relationship. The pair narrowly missed out on the top spot, however, curse Clifton and Dooley.

There are countless Curse Come Dancing affairs to report, while other Strictly relationships have broken dating a result of appearing the show. Speaking to Fabulous magazine, the year-old suggested strictly the curse is now a hard fact to deny, given the amount curse make-ups and break-ups couples show has dancing the the years.

I love the curse. The was paired last year with professional dancer Katya Jones.

The Strictly curse – which relationships have been hit by it?

It seems the Strictly curse is the one Christmas gift that keeps on giving. First, Seann Walsh and Katya Jones rattled some cages after being pictured kissing on a night out, resulting in the comedian being given the boot by his girlfriend. All eyes are also on Ashley Roberts after she reportedly kissed Giovanni Pernice at the Strictly wrap party.

The Strictly curse first struck in and has been claiming victims ever since. Some romantic endeavours ended disastrously, but a lucky few have made it way beyond the ballroom.

Stacey is now dating her Strictly partner Kevin. Speaking to the Guardian about not wanting to go into too much detail, she said: “What I am.

By Jessica Green For Mailonline. Dancing on Ice ‘s Brianne Delcourt and Kevin Kilbane were engaged two months into their romance, and in , Strictly’s Katya Jones was pictured kissing contestant Seann Walsh, leading to the breakdown of her marriage to fellow dancer Neil Jones. Sex and relationship expert Tracey Cox told Femail that shows such as Strictly breed lust thanks to the physical closeness, the transformed bodies following the gruelling rehearsals, and the amount of time spent together.

Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse. Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse are spotted having a 3. Sex and relationship expert Tracey Cox told FEMAIL that TV talent shows breed lust thanks to the physical closeness, the transformed bodies following gruelling rehearsals, and the amount of time spent together. She says: ‘Even the most confident spouse must feel slightly nervous waving a much-loved partner off to the spangly, sexy land that is Strictly. The better we feel we look and the more confident we are of our body, the higher our sex drive.

Will this new, glossy, sleek version still want the pudgy, not-so-perfect them? At the start of relationships, we put a lot of effort into making it exciting. More effort means more enjoyment. As time goes on, couples switch to doing more functional things together: bringing up kids, chores, paying off the mortgage, DIY. Being taken on an exhilarating spin around a dance floor vs walking around Waitrose to do the weekly shop.

You choose.