While the tabloids are forever printing stories about the ‘curse of Strictly’ and the celebrities – and dancers – who’ve seen marriages and relationships flounder as their dancing skills soar, I’m pleased to report that, actually, the current state of Strictly romance is pretty harmonious.
Far from ‘cheating’ claims, the current batch of Strictly dancers is a romantic sort. And because their various states of romantic bliss don’t feature infidelity or scandal, I reckon you’ll be surprised to read about the backstage love developing at Elstree.
News has just landed of Natalie Lowe’s engagement to businessman James Gibbs – Natalie is currently partnered with chef Ainsley Harriott. Newly weds – and two of the show’s favourite dancers – Kevin and Karen Clifton might just be the new James and Ola Jordan. The duo married over the summer at a wedding, which boasted Strictly Come Dancing celebrity alumni Susanna Reid and Frankie Bridge on the guest list.
Another dance duo possibly in the market for some wedding tips are the recently-engaged Aliasz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara. Both dancers are wowing judges and viewers alike with their impressive routines with celeb partners Helen George and Peter Andre. And they both have form, too, with Janette partnering last year’s snake hipped soap star Jake Wood until the final stages while Aliasz won the 2013 show with Abby Clancy. Expect a decent first dance when these two tie the knot!
Eagle eyed viewers will have noted that former champ Aliona Vilani is now a Mrs, following her exotic wedding to sales director Vincent Kavanagh on the Caribbean island of St Thomas over the summer.
And even former self-confessed ‘bay boy of ballroom’ Brendan Cole is now a happily married mister. He and wife Zoe married in 2010 and celebrated the arrival of daughter Aurelia on Chrsitmas Day nearly three years ago. Awww.