The so-called ‘Strictly Curse’ has been around for years – but now top legal expert and Strictly contestant Judge Robert Rinder has given his two-penneth on what he believes lies behind it.
Speaking to The Sun, he claims emotional bond is the main catalyst for off-screen passions.
Well, you don’t say.
He said: “People talk about the curse and how it comes from being so physically close, but I don’t think it’s that.”
"It’s about how the best teachers have an ability to read your mind, and give you the impression that they completely understand you. That is such an intimate thing that you can see how relationships do develop.”
However, it’s pretty damn likely that Robert, partnered with Oksana Platero, will be immune from the curse this year.
He only got married last year – to a lovely young man, Seth Cummings.
“There is no chance of that [the curse] happening with us though. It would have to be a nuclear- powered Strictly curse,” he said.
Yeah, can’t see the flames of passion igniting with Oksana and Rob, to be quite honest.
It comes as the hit BBC1 show was hit with fresh “fix claims” just days into the new series as celebrity contestants have been accused of “cheating” after sneaking in extra rehearsals.
Last weekend saw the show’s stars – including Danny Mac, Ed Balls and Daisy Lowe – take to the BBC ballroom floor for the first time, but it has been reported that some dance couples are getting more practice than others.
The participating celebrities are reportedly only allowed a set amount of rehearsals, but after Friday night’s show, some contestants took to the Elstree Studios stage to practice their moves before their Saturday night debut.
This means that some contestants had a total of four rehearsals on the dance floor – one more than the six celebrities (Ore Oduba, Greg Rutherford, Laura Whitmore, Judge Rinder, Naga Munchetty, and Lesley Joseph) who joined their professional partners to showcase their routines on Friday.
A show insider told The Sun: “This year is so competitive that they’re already claiming that some are being unfair and getting an advantage.