Craig Revel Horwood says there’s scope for Strictly curse to strike despite kissing ban

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This Saturday Strictly Come Dancing is back and after a tough year of lockdowns and if and buts, we could all do with some glitz and glam to see the year off right. While the show will look very different to that of last year’s, what with the Covid pandemic still rife, there are some restrictions that will stay in place.

There’s still scope for the ‘Strictly curse’

Craig Revel Horwood

But according to judge Craig Revel Horwood, nothing will stop the “Strictly curse”.

The term has become a legendary saying on the BBC series, and refers to individuals taking part in Strictly who are already in relationships.

They them go on find romance with fellow participants.

It also applies to couples meeting and falling in love while competing on the show.

But every year without a doubt, romance rumours run wild throughout the cast, whether they’re true or not.

Over the years more than a dozen dance couples have hooked up together after the show.

And despite producers being very clear about the no kissing rule, Craig reckons love could still be in the air on the dance floor.

In a new interview with The Daily Star, he revealed he agrees with the restrictions on locking lips.

“I agree with it, only ­because kissing passes on disease and we’re still living in a Covid world, darling,” he explained.

“We’ve got to protect the show.

“There’s still scope for the ‘Strictly curse’, which I don’t believe is a curse.”

He added: “Let people be blessed with love, and flirting.”

Covid has changed a lot about the day to day running of a production, and little traditions have also gone out the window.

And this was something that disappointed Craig greatly.

He shook his head as he admitted health and safety rulings meant he can no longer share ­bottles of bubbles in the dressing room with presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman.

The show was recently rattled after a Strictly spokesperson confirmed one of the cast has tested positive for the virus.

They announced it wasn’t a contestant, but one of the professional dancers who had contracting Covid.

“This didn’t affect recording of the launch show,” the statement read.

“We are following government guidelines to ensure the safety of all on the show.”

Strictly Come Dancing’s launch show is this Saturday at 7.45pm on BBC One.

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