Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has shared his thoughts on Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton’s rumoured romance. However, despite being known on the Strictly panel for his often-barbed comments, Craig was actually full of praise for the pair.
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More Speaking to Australia’s TV Week, Craig admitted he was “surprised” to hear about the pair’s supposed relationship, noting: “Obviously they left it until later on [to go public]. I hope they live happily ever after. “It will be another Strictly success story. I never call it the ‘Strictly curse’. I call it the ‘Strictly blessing’. People need to fall in love.” Stacey and Kevin were the winning couple in last year’s Strictly final, with rumours circulating last week that the pair were now in a romantic relationship, following the documentarian’s split from her boyfriend of three years, Sam Tucknott. Although she is yet to address the rumours about her and Kevin directly, she did publicly respond to Sam’s claims that she and her dance partner were an item with the comment: “ Anyone with any adult life experience knows there are 2 sides to every story. I haven’t got the time or energy to correct some of the utter nonsense I’ve read.” Last year’s Strictly led to a number of romances blossoming, including between finalists Joe Sugg and Diane Buswell, as well as Giovanni Pernice and Ashley Roberts, who were not actually partnered together on the show. Comedian Seann Walsh also made headlines when he was caught kissing his professional partner Katya Jones, despite both of them being in long-term relationships at the time.
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The 'Countdown' presenter announced her split from her husband just weeks after her stint on the show. In 2014, the pair confirmed they were dating, but she remained insistent that 'Strictly' had nothing to do with her marriage split.
More Story continues Susanna Reid
Susanna's marriage ended in February 2014, weeks after she finished as a runner-up in the competition. Mum-of-two Susanna continued to live with her ex, Dominic Cotton, in the months that followed.
More Caroline Flack
Caroline and boyfriend Jack Street called time on their relationship, during her winning-stint on the 2014 series. The former 'Xtra Factor' presenter dated the music manager for 18 months.
More Louise Redknapp
After reaching the final of the 2016 series, Louise began to be plagued with rumours her 19-year marriage to former footballer Jamie Redknapp was on the rocks. Months later, the couple confirmed they had gone their separate ways.
More Joe Calzaghe
Boxer Joe and pro dancer Kristina Rihanoff initally denied romance rumours when they were paired together in 2009. However Joe split from his girlfriend just weeks later. Joe and Kristina later confirmed that they were a couple, before splitting after four years together.
More Ben Cohen
While on the show, Ben denied rumours that he was romancing his pro partner Kristina Rihanoff, though he later split from his wife Abby. He and Kristina went on to confirm their relationship but remained insistent it had only began after the breakdown of his marriage. The couple now have one child together.
More Matt Di Angelo
The 'EastEnders' star reportedly first hooked up with Flavia Cacace during their time dancing together on the 2008 series - on which Flavia's boyfriend Vincent Simone was also a dancer. However, they weren't together for long...
More Jimi Mistry
Just a year after getting together with Matt, Flavia ended the relationship after finding love with her new dance partner Jimi. The couple married in 2013.
More Natasha Kaplinsky
Newsreader Natasha and Brendan were plagued by romance rumours when they were paired up for the first ever series of 'Strictly' in 2004. Despite being insistent that they were just friends, Natasha and Brendan both split from their partners shortly after winning the series.
More Daisy Lowe
Daisy split from her boyfriend Bradley 'Frankie' Wade during her stint on 'Strictly' in 2016. The relationship was still quite new and the pair struggled to find the time to see each other with her commitments to the show.
More Sunetra Sarker
Sunetra split from her husband of 10 years just before filming for the 2014 series began.
More Dani Harmer
'Tracey Beaker' star Dani split from her boyfriend just days after filming began in 2012.
More Helen George
Just after Helen announced she was one of the 2015 contestants, Helen also revealed she was splitting from her husband of four years, Oliver Boot.
More Georgia May Foote
Georgia entered 'Strictly' while in a relationship with former 'Coronation Street' co-star Sean Ward. However, just after the series ended, the couple announced their split, and it wasn't long before she embarked on a relationship with dance partner Giovanni Pernice. However, they split after less than a year together.
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