As this season’s Strictly Come Dancing is well under way, we take a look back at one of the not-so-great things the hit dance show is known for, the popularly dubbed Strictly curse! Blamed for the breakdown of numerous real-life long-term relationships and marriages, the popular TV dance competition has seen couples split during or shortly after one partner has appeared on the show, with the public at large describing the recurring phenomenon as ‘the Strictly curse’.
After a waltz to victory in Strictly’s very first season in 2004, all those years ago, professional dancer Brendan Cole and broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky were the first on-screen pairing to be seen to be getting closer on the show. While Brendan was engaged to co-star and fellow professional dancer Camilla Dallerup, Natasha was single. The alleged affair was never confirmed by either of the two, but whatever it was it resulted in Brendan and his ex-fiance splitting up. Fast-forwarding a few years to 2013 we saw the sparks fly between Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev. Having met her millionaire husband Jamie Gilbert during their university days, when they were both 19, and after 15 months of marriage, the relationship hit the rocks as she was literally swept off her feet by the dashing Strictly professional dancer Pasha Kovalev. The have been going strong ever since their appearance on the show!
More recently, the Strictly curse struck long-time celebrity couple Jamie and Lousie Redknapp. Together for eighteen years prior to Strictly, Louise laughed off the warnings about the so-called curse. However, having completed the show as runner up, the former All Saints singer spoke of her exasperation with the life of a ‘Stepford wife’. Her stint on the show culminated with a quickie divorce, which was completed in 2017, and took a mere 20 seconds!
Last week, the BBC announced the launch date of the latest instalment of the channel’s iconic hit competition, Strictly Come Dancing. This year’s hotly contested dance competition will begin on Saturday September 7th. And, you’re right, that’s less than two weeks away! If the programme’s launch show is an indication of what this series has in store for us, with pop princess Kylie Minogue promised to be leading Strictly’s professional dancers to her most famous hits, the inaugural show promises us to be in for a cracker this year! The star-studded line-up of Strictly’s seventeenth series includes Alex Scott, Anneka Rice, Catherine Tyldesley, Chris Ramsey, David James, Dev Griffin, Emma Barton, Emma Weymouth, James Cracknell, Jamie Laing, Karim Zeroual, Michelle Visage, Mike Bushell, Saffron Barker and Will Bayley. A considerable shake up to the show we all love to follow offers fans an enthralling series of Strictly Come Dancing this time around.
Since debuting on BBC One in 2004, Strictly Come Dancing has become a national fan favourite and a roaring success across the globe. The first series averaged a viewership of 6.45 million, peaking in 2010 to a record high of 11.23 million. Over the course of the last decade, the show has a consistent series average of 10 million. This year, some shake-ups promise to make the show even more interesting. In February, regular professional dancer Pasha Kovalev announced that he will be leaving for pastures new. Gorka Marquez also announced he will not be paired with a celebrity, but will still take part in the show, the same as Graziano Di Prima. Returning judges Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and head judge Shirley Ballas will be joined by new addition Motsi Mabuse, with Darcy Bussell leaving the hit show after seven years at the helm.
Don’t miss Strictly Come Dancing 2019 on BBC One on Saturday, 7th September!