The hit BBC One show, which this week saw Seann Walsh and Katya Jones sharing a passionate snog, is the perfect recipe for “passion, lust and infidelity” – with the gruelling training sessions and sexy routines pushing the pairs together.
Seann, 32, was dumped by his girlfriend-of-five years, Rebecca Humphries, after the pictures were revealed by The Sun On Sunday.
Meanwhile Katya, 29, has maintained her marriage to fellow Strictly pro Neil is still going strong.
Both were forced to issue another grovelling apology yesterday, this time on the series’ spin off show It Takes Two.
They aren’t the first pairing to be hit by the curse, with Ben Cohen finding love with Kristina Rihanoff after the 2013 series ended.
And don’t forget pro dancer Flavia Cacace, who dumped her boyfriend and fellow pro Vincent Simone for her star partner Matt DiAngelo in 2007 , before moving on with her now husband Jimi Mistry following their pairing in 2010.
Michelle says the notion of the show in itself creates a hotbed of chemistry, with the stars and their partners performing often raunchy or sensual routines every week.
Every day, the pairs will train for upwards of eight hours, with previous stars admitting that during their time on the show they “live, breath and eat Strictly”.
It’s this, Michelle says, that makes the curse unavoidable for some couples.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun Online, Michelle explained: “The BBC has created a perfect recipe for passion, lust and infidelity.
“Dancing can be considered overtly seductive and sexual, a temptation our mortal form cannot withstand. It’s believed that you get a much bigger release of endorphins when dancing over other forms of exercise.
“When we put two adults in a competitive situation, flood with copious amounts of adrenaline, naturally resulting from the intense pressure to perform, tension will mount.
"Now add weeks spent relentlessly working towards a high octane shared goal. To further ignite any possible spark of chemistry there’s the mutual focus on body moves perfecting those rhythm and grooves.
“Dancing is known to be a great way to break down inhibitions and enhance intimacy between humans.
"Spend weeks together through the highs and the lows, learning to move together, up close and personal. Add to this the time spent away from home, pressure adds intensity, strong feelings and emotional connection.
“Perhaps after all we shouldn’t be surprised, nor judgemental, when Strictly couples end up transgressing or even leaving their long term partners?
“Familiarity may be comfortable but all too often it results in inertia, feeling taken for granted and losing the romantic spark.
“Strictly has the perfect recipe to up-spark clandestine couples and create potential disasters for long term relationships.”
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