As well as producing spectacular ballroom performances to millions of viewers week upon week, Strictly Come Dancing also produces a fair amount of romance. Throughout the BBC show's sixteen series, viewers have witnessed countless competing celebrities be paired up with professional peers — and, unsurprisingly, things can often get heated between the Strictly couples. However, many of the resident professional dancers, who do their very best to guide their amateur partners towards glitter ball victory, have actually coupled up beyond the show. And to jog your memory, I've gone ahead and made the ultimate list of all the real-life Strictly Come Dancing couples.
Over the years, fans of Strictly have developed a particular phrase to describe the relationship breakdowns that happen off screen during the show: "the Strictly curse." Speaking about "the Strictly curse," The Sun writes: "Due to the harsh schedules, sexy dance moves, and close quarters with their partners, their off-screen romances sometimes suffer as a result ... Over the course of fifteen series of the BBC favourite, nearly a dozen couples have split up thanks to their time on the show."
However, the couples below seem to have bucked the trend, and are still going strong to this very day. Dancing duos such as James and Ola Jordan and Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova have enjoyed years of married life, and some have since gone on to have children together. Although not all these romances have come away from the show unscathed, they've still managed to survive the dreaded "curse," and I, for one, think that's pretty impressive.