Strictly Come Dancing 'curse' putting celebrities off from signing up?

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Strictly Come Dancing's so-called curse is reportedly putting celebrities off from signing up.

The Daily Star newspaper reports that stars are worried about putting their relationships to the test on the series.


Over the years, Strictly has become known for its supposed curse which can 'ruin' marriages.

TV presenter Emma Willis admitted she didn't want to see her popstar husband Matt Willis "grinding against hot women" while Davina McCall said her husband wouldn't like to see her dancng with the hot pro performers.

A spokesperson for the show didn't comment on the claims but added: “The BBC will be announcing lots of exciting names.”

But is there actually a curse? A recent study suggested the answer is in fact no.

John Moriarty, a maths lecturer at Manchester University, crunched the numbers back in 2014.

At the time there had been 150 celebs who have each had a pro partner, giving 300 so-called 'person years'.


Using the average divorce rate from censuses of 0.3% means we'd expect to have seen less than one (0.9) splits.

Given there were a number more than that, it would point to a curse.

But that's not the full story as it turns out that when you look at the divorce rate based on occupation there is an interesting twist.

It so happens that the divorce rate of actors, showman, dancers and choreographers is notably higher than the average person, quite higher in fact at 2.6%.

The updated percentage means we'd expect to have seen just under EIGHT (7.8) splits at the time, an amount of breakups which was very hard to attribute Strictly to.


So in conclusion, there appears to be no Strictly curse but rather just a curse of celebrity marriages in general.

Strictly returns to BBC One later this year.

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