Strictly Come Dancing contestants 'to be warned about show's romantic curse'
Strictly Come Dancing contestants will reportedly be warned about the strain the show can have on their relationships.
The BBC programme has long been linked with a relationship "curse" after competitors' romances have ended during or after the series.
Now The Sun reports this year's hopefuls are to be given advice on how to cope with the inevitable jealousy caused by them spending so much time with their dance partner while preparing for the weekly contest.
According to the publication, the celebrities will be advised that the show can take a toll on their romances, particularly if they are already having difficulties.
"The curse bobs its head every year and the new people taking part have to be warned about it," a source told the paper. "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."
Relationships claimed by the show's "curse" include Georgia May Foote, who split with boyfriend Sean Ward during the show and is now happily dating her dance partner Giovanni Pernice. Countdown host Rachel Riley's marriage came to an end just after her stint on the 2013 series and she insisted at the time that her professional partner Pasha Kovalev had nothing to do with the split. She and Pasha later went public with their romance and are still together.
Cover Media has contacted the BBC for comment about The Sun's claims.
So far Ed Balls, Louise Redknapp, Will Young, Laura Whitmore, Melvin Odoom and BBC news and sports presenter Ore Oduba are all confirmed to be vying for the Glitterball trophy.
Hollyoaks actor Danny Mac is the latest name to be added to this year's list of hopefuls, and admitted he is already feeling nervous about what the judges will say about his dancing skills.
"I am terrified of them all!" he laughed. "I get judged every day of my life as an actor so I am used to it, but I hate not being able to do something and they are going to be the ones to tell me - in front of millions!
"I do like a bit of tough love though so I will take it and deal with it… I hope."