‘Cursed’ scandals and controversies – marry the wrong one while drunk


Seriously coming to Dancing has had its fair share of controversies over the past 22 years – from accusations it’s been fixed to the scandalous relationships that have sprung up from the competition.

ITV’s Saturday night show, which has been running since 2004, has created a so-called ‘strict curse’.

‘Curse’ refers to the tendency of celebrities and professional dancers to improve their personal lives after or during a performance.

It seems the show caused explosive rifts in off-screen relationships that led them to break up, and new relationships arose between dancers and celebrities.

Heated schedules, wild dances and physical proximity can affect off-screen relationships and encourage new ones, the numbers seem to suggest.

Rachel Riley, 36 years old, competed in the Serious in 2013



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The Mirror has gathered some of the most controversial and scandalous events to come out of the famous dance competition.

Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton

After winning Glitterball in 2018, journalist Stacey Dooley, 35, split from her longtime boyfriend, Sam Tucknott, just months after the show ended.

Kevin Clifton and Stacey Dooley are still going strong


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This couple won in 2018



Four months later, in April 2019, Stacey and Kevin Clifton, 39, went public as a couple and are still together to this day.

Kevin was previously married to a professional dancer Karen, but they split in March 2018 and remain on friendly terms.

Flavia Cacace

In the 2007 series, dancer Flavia Cacace, 42, allegedly dumped her longtime dance partner and boyfriend of eight years, Vincent Simone, 43, for EastEnders actor Matt Di Angelo, 35.

There must have been a lot of awkwardness behind the scenes throughout the season. However, Matt and Flavia eventually broke up in 2010.

Flavia and Jimi Mistry find love after seriously going to dance



Italian dancer who married actor and chef Jimi Mistry in 2013, they became partners in 2010 during the eighth season.

Louise and Jamie Redknapp

Just months after competing in the serious league in 2016, with partner Kevin Clifton, Louise, 47, and Jamie Redknapp, 48, announced their shock split.

After 19 years together and having two children, the couple split in 2017.

Louise and Jamie broke up in 2017 after 19 years of marriage


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Louise has been partnered with Kevin Clifton


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While no new relationships have emerged from the show, ‘Severe Curse’ seems to be worsening a long-standing relationship.

Katya Jones and Seann Walsh

These partners made headlines across the country when they were photographed kissing in the streets of London.

Katya Jones, 33, is married to dancer Neil Jones, 40, and comedian Seann Walsh, 36, who is dating actress Rebecca Humphries, 34.

Although they both apologized and said it was “a drunken mistake”, Seann was publicly stoned by Rebecca on social media and Katya and Neil split in 2019.

Katya kisses her former dance partner Seann Walsh in 2018



Katya tweeted an apology: “I am so sorry for any offense or hurt I may have caused with my actions.

“I wasn’t thinking and it was a mistake once after a few drinks.

“I love my husband and we are very happy together, which is not a reflection of our relationship.”

Georgia May Foote, Sean Ward and Giovanni Pernice

Actress Georgia May Foote, 31, dated Corrie’s co-star Sean Ward, 34, when she entered the dance competition in 2015.

Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice



Shortly after the contest ended, Georgia and Sean split, and she began dating Italian dance partner Giovanni Pernice, 31.

They parted before series 14 – blamed it on a busy work schedule and wanted to focus on upcoming work projects.

Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev

Countdown host Rachel Riley, 36, announced that she would be separating from her husband after just 15 months while competing on the show in 2013.

A year later, she is dating her partner Pasha Kovalev, 42, and they insist there is no overlap.

Rachel and Pasha are now married and have two children, Maven, 2 years old, and Noa 6 months old.

Rachel competes with current husband Pasha Kovalev



The couple are now parents to two children


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Rachel has since accused the producers of ‘fixing’ the show, saying Sunday Times Magazine that they “knew from the start who they wanted to win” and that “they could obviously fix the score.”

A BBC spokesman said: “This claim is completely untrue.

“The BBC has strict procedures and editorial guidelines regarding fairness and takes all of these seriously.”

Joe Calzaghe and Kristina Rihanoff

Just a week after competing seriously in 2009, Welsh professional boxer Joe Calzaghe, 50, left his girlfriend of five years, Jo-Emma Larvin.

Joe Calzaghe and Kristina Rihanoff started dating in 2009 but broke up in 2013



He then established a relationship with his partner Kristina Rihanoff, 44, for four years after they split in 2013 due to their hectic work schedules.

Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff

Kristina continues to date another partner, professional rugby player Ben Cohen, 43.

Ben split from his wife 11 years after he joined the show in 2013, but he denies he has any romance with partner Kristina.

Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff started dating after competing in 2013


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Years later, in 2015, they went on vacation together and welcomed their first child, Milena, in 2016.

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