John Whaite admits he ‘can see why people hook up’ as he addresses Strictly curse

Strictly: John Whaite details 'crazy' quarter finals routine

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Strictly Come Dancing contestant and former Bake Off winner John Whaite has opened up about the “Strictly curse” which has struck plenty of contestants and dancers over the years. Speaking to Radio Times, he opened up on why the contestants and professionals are drawn to one another so easily and how his appearance on this show is significant for the gay community.

John told Radio Times: “When we did the rumba, it was very romantic. It was very intimate and sensual.

“I felt like I loved Johannes. And I do love him to bits. You can see why the Strictly curse is a thing. You really can. You can see why people hook up.”

When John first joined the competition, it was announced that Strictly history would be made with their first male-male pairing.

He admitted: “As I was announced, I saw that people were very pro the male-male coupling. I realised it was a big thing for the gay community.

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“When we’re on the dancefloor, I only want to be voted for based on our dancing. But to deny that our partnership is significant would be a really wrong thing,” John explained.

John and Johannes haven’t fallen victim to the Strictly curse themselves, with the Bake Off winner engaged to partner, Paul Atkins.

Over the years, contestants on the show have ended up falling for their dance partners, with some going on to marry and start a family together.

Countdown’s Rachel Riley appeared on Strictly in 2013 and ended up splitting with her husband of little over a year.

A year later, she confirmed she was dating her dance partner Pasha Kovalev and insisted their romance started after the show had ended.

In 2019, journalist and presenter Stacey Dooley also fell victim to the Strictly “curse” as she split from her boyfriend of three years.

Stacey is now in a relationship with her professional dance partner of the time, Kevin Clifton, but also insisted their romance began after their time on the show had ended.

It’s not just the contestants that the curse has hit as professional dancers Neil Jones and Katya Jones split after Katya was pictured kissing partner Seann Walsh.

The pair, who married in 2013, confirmed their break-up on Instagram in 2019.

Dianne Buswell is also another professional dancer who has started a romance with her former dance partner Joe Sugg in 2018.

After Strictly came to an end, Dianne and Joe revealed they were in a relationship and are still together today.

John and partner Johannes made Strictly history as they became the first male-male pairings since the show began in 2004.

Since their journey began in the competition, John and Johannes have never failed to disappoint the judges and have been favourites to make the final from day one.

On Saturday night’s quarter-final, the pair performed the Salsa to We Are Family by Sister Sledge and scored an impressive 32 out of a possible 40, despite their lift going wrong at the end of their dance.

Craig Revel Horwood scored their performance a seven, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas both scored their dance an eight, and Anton Du Beke scored them a nine.

Their score landed them third on the leaderboard, but it was Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova and AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington who found themselves in the dance-off.

Dan’s journey in the competition came to an end when all four judges decided to save AJ and Kai, sending them through to the semi-finals.

Strictly Come Dancing returns Saturday at 7:05pm on BBC One.

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