The Strictly Curse has hovered over the show like a spectre ever since the first series aired in 2004, sparking illicit affairs and in some cases even breaking up marriages.
Whether the havoc that Strictly Come Dancing can play with relationships is a curse or a blessing is up for debate, given the new partnerships and children that have come out of the re-couplings, but here’s a run-down of where and when it’s raised its head since the glitzy show began.
Matt Di Angelo and Flavia Cacace
During the 2007 series, pro dancer Flavia Cacace was in an 11-year relationship with fellow pro Vincent Simone when she was partnered with EastEnders actor Matt Di Angelo.
Cacace and Simone broke up during the series, and soon after the show ended she and Di Angelo confirmed they were dating. They were together for three years.
Joe Calzaghe and Kristina Rihanoff
Welsh boxer Joe Calzaghe signed up for the 2009 series of the show, and shortly after it began he split up with his girlfriend of five years.
Calzaghe and his dance partner Kristina Rihanoff became a couple and moved in together a year later. The pair dated for four years, before breaking up in 2013.
Ricky Whittle and Natalie Lowe
Ricky Whittle split from his girlfriend of two years, fellow Hollyoaks star Carley Stenson, and went on to date dance partner Natalie Lowe, who he met during the 2009 series.
Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev
A few months after being paired up with Pasha Kovalev on the 2013 series of Strictly, Countdown maths expert Rachel Riley split with her husband.
A year later she and Kovalev confirmed they were a couple, and are still together now.
Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff
After her break-up with Joe Calzaghe, Kristina Rihanoff was partnered with married rugby player Ben Cohen on the 2013 series of Strictly.
Cohen split up with his wife, insisting there was “no third-party involved”, but a year later he and Rihanoff confirmed they were a couple. They stayed together and have since had a daughter.
Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice
When Coronation Street actress Georgia May Foote signed up for the 2015 series, she was dating her co-star Sean Ward, but they broke up when she fell for her dance partner Giovanni Pernice.
Foote and Pernice moved in together six months later, but in 2016 they split up.