Over the years Strictly Come Dancing stars have often hit the headlines due to the so-called Strictly curse, which refers to stars who have broken up from their partner or entered into a relationship with a professional dancer after the show has come to an end. Now, former champion Ore has insisted he and wife Portia are “evidence” the curse doesn’t exist.
As the competition hots up, there are two Strictly couples who have faced rumours of a romance on the BBC show.
Alex Scott and professional dancer Neil Jones, and Saffron Barker and AJ Pritchard, have both spoken out on speculation of a romance.
However former champion Ore, who won the competition with professional Joanne, has dismissed the rumours.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Ore said of the “curse”: “[There’s] evidence here [that the curse doesn’t have to strike], we’re still together three years later.”
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He continued: “There are some lovely positives that come from it, it’s silly there’s so much onus put on [the curse] because it’s just a microcosm of life.
“The intensity of the show, holding on to the people you can share it with really helps you through it, helps you appreciate it.
“Once it’s over, you’ve got someone to bounce off and say, ‘Did that really happen?’”
Revealing the advice he’d give this year’s stars, Ore added: “When [you] are coupled and the training starts.
“The whole thing is like a steam train and it doesn’t stop until Christmas.”
He advised: “Try to take moments to enjoy it with your family and friends.
“I remember turning off Instagram in the week leading up to the final.
“It was such a huge part of the journey [but] three years ago it was still quite a new thing.”
Ore explained social media proved to be a “distraction” at times and the presenter took measures to make sure he was focussed for the final.
He continued: “You wanted to connect with the audience but I knew I didn’t want anything to be negative on what was going to be one of the best weeks of my life.
“And there can be too much emphasis on social media, it can play on your mind.
“If you want to enjoy the experience, it can be a distraction.”
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Elsewhere, Craig Revel Horwood insisted his decision to send Dev Griffin home was the right one.
The Strictly judge hit back at criticism of the result after fans begged the BBC to release the voting data to prove Dev and Dianne Buswell were the least popular.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk at the Best Hero Awards, he said: “Yes absolutely, professionally the right person to go.
“If you asked me last week, I would have loved him to stay.”
Strictly Come Dancing airs Saturday on BBC One at 6.40pm while It Takes Two airs weeknights on BBC Two at 6.30pm.
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