Seann Walsh and Katya Jones have barely left the headlines since pictures of their drunken kiss were exposed at the weekend.
But former Strictly Come Dancing winner Ore Oduba thinks the pair have taken the focus off the competition.
Speaking to Metro, he said: "I just want the show to get back to people watching the dancing – it's a shame it goes away from what everybody loved about the show."
He added that he hopes viewers will still "watch and enjoy and love the fact Strictly is one of the best family shows out there".
"That is the core, that's why it's been going for so many years," he said.
Seann and Katya recently appeared on It Takes Two in an "awkward" interview to apologise for what they called a "one-off mistake".
The comedian, who was publicly dumped by his girlfriend of five years Rebecca Humphries following the scandal, told Zoe Ball: "Obviously, I'm sorry for the hurt that I've caused.
Zoe also addressed Seann being accused him of "reacting aggressively" when Rebecca called out his "inappropriate, hurtful behaviour".
"First of all, I'd rather not be having to address this publicly but I feel like I have to," Seann admitted. "I made a mistake, which I'm very sorry for. I'm sorry for the hurt I caused. You never think about the extent of the damage you're going to do in a moment of a mistake you've made."
Addressing Rebecca's accusations of his "aggressive" behaviour, Seann insisted: "I'm not perfect, far from it. Our relationship wasn't perfect. That doesn't meant that I wanted it to end the way that it finally did. I'm very sorry for that.
"I feel it's also important for me to say that the people who know me the most, that love me, they know that I am not the person I'm being portrayed as. I'm still sorry for what I did, but it's very important for me to get that out there."
Katya reiterated her own statement from Twitter that the kiss was no reflection on her marriage with fellow Strictly Come Dancing professional Neil Jones.
"The main thing for me is me and Neil are absolutely fine, and that's what matters to me the most right now," she said. "And focusing on my job, and doing it as professionally as I can."
Strictly Come Dancing continues this Saturday (October 13) at 6.40pm on BBC One.
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