BBC bosses are reportedly offering relationship-counselling sessions to Strictly Come Dancing contestants this year in a bid to ward off the show’s infamous “curse.”
The ballroom competition has long been linked with a courting “curse”, often causing problems for participants in relationships as they spend so much time with their dance partners.
According to reports, they will be warned about the vulnerabilities of starting their rehearsal training while experiencing relationship difficulties, and will be offered advice on how to cope with the pressures.
A source told The Sun: “The curse bobs its head every year and the new people taking part have to be warned about it. It’s a full-on, intense show that puts strains on people’s relationships.
“They don’t understand what it’s like until it’s a couple of weeks in and it’s too late. There will definitely be chats saying that if their relationship is not rock solid then it’s worth having a chat about it before the training and live shows start.”
Former contestants claimed by the Strictly curse so far include Countdown presenter Rachel Riley, who split from her husband after just 15 months of marriage following her appearance on the show in 2014, and later went public with her new relationship with professional partner Pasha Kovalev.
Following that, Georgia May Foote split with her Coronation Street co-star beau Sean Ward after a stint on the show in 2015, and is now happily dating her dance partner Giovanni Pernice.
High-profile names who have been confirmed for the next series of Strictly include Ed Balls, Louise Redknapp, Will Young, Melvin Odoom, Ore Oduba, Laura Whitmore and Danny Mac – so let’s hope that no one opts for the ‘It’s Complicated’ relationship status on Facebook!
Strictly Come Dancing will waltz back on to our screens in the autumn.