Strictly Come Dancing’s hottest ever romances as stars get up close and personal

Strictly Come Dancing is set to return next month, and fans can't wait to see their favourite stars dance for a chance to lift the Glitterball Trophy.

The BBC dancing competition is known for the infamous "Strictly curse".

Many celebrities, who are already in relationships, find themselves swept off their feet by professionals on the show.

However, some single celebrities and professionals will also end up falling in love on the dance-floor, as they get up close and personal during the competition.

Here's a recap of the most sizzling romances ever to come out of Strictly Come Dancing.

Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff

Former rugby star Ben Cohen shook the showbiz world after his stint on the BBC show in 2013, when he hooked up with professional dancer Kristina after breaking up with his wife.

Ben left his wife of 11 years Abby after appearing on the competition.

He was forced to deny he was romantically involved with stunning Kristina after snaps of the couple surfaced online of the pair cosying up together on a London tube during his marriage to Abby.

The couple have gone from strength-to-strength since, and welcomed their first child together in 2016.

Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev

Countdown host Rachel Riley surprised her fans when she announced she and her ex-husband Jamie Gilbert were splitting after 16 months of marriage.

She was partnered with Russian professional Pasha during her time on the competition in 2013, which eventually led to her marriage breakdown.

Both insist they didn't become close away from the rehearsal room until after Rachel's marriage broke up.

The loved-up couple now live together in London.

Their adorable romance has led them to welcome a baby together in recent months.

Jimi Mistry and Flavia Cacace

Flavia Cacace once dated former Strictly star Matt Di Angelo, until she split with him in 2010.

A few weeks after, she went on to date her latest Strictly partner, Jimi.

At the time, the stunning dancer was worried she'd be judged after falling for two contestants from the show.

She previously told The Telegraph: "I couldn't believe it. I thought, 'Oh God, please no!' But we couldn't help it. It was fate."

The couple have been married since 2013 and have never looked back.

Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton

Documentary maker Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton fell in love when she was partnered up with him on Strictly.

She was dating long-term boyfriend Sam Tucknott for five years before her relationship fell apart.

They split following her stint on the competition, which she won with Kevin in 2018.

Sam claimed he found "I love you" texts from Kevin on her phone, which prompted the former couple's break-up.

When their split was announced in March, it had been put down to hectic work schedules, but speculation grew that Stacey had grown close to her dancing partner.

They are now happily together.

Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell

Former YouTube star Joe Sugg confirmed they were dating after they finished the show.

They went public with their romance after he shared an Instagram post with the red-haired beauty, which read: "I may not have won the glitter ball, but I’ve won something a million times more special."

Dianne had split with her ex-boyfriend Emmerdale actor Anthony Quinlan just three weeks into the series.

So it was the perfect moment for her to find a new man when she was partnered with the hunk.

Ashley Roberts and Giovanni Pernice

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Former Pussycat Dolls songstress secured a place in the final with Pasha Kovalev but she ended up falling for handsome Giovanni Pernice.

The couple denied any romantic connection at first, with Ashley saying on This Morning in November last year: "Giovanni and I are friends."

However the pair were spotted kissing in Miami at the end of December 2019.

Other reports suggested the pair were "full on snogging" at the Strictly Come Dancing wrap party.

Since then, the lovers have confirmed their romance and frequently shared candid snaps of each other over on Instagram.

The hunk formerly dated Georgia Mae Foote when she competed on the show back in 2015.

However the dancer is loved-up with the stunning singer and Georgia is believed to have moved on with rapper Kris Evans.

Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez

Gemma and Gorka weren't partnered together during the 2017 show but they eventually found each other.

Former Hollyoaks actress Gemma got to the final with her partner Aljaz Skorjanec, as did Gorka, and singer Alexandra Burke.

Rumours swirled that the pair had been flirting throughout the show, but they didn't get together until after the final.

The couple got to know each other better through the Strictly Come Dancing tour and have been inseparable since.

On February 1 they announced they were expecting their first baby together.

Gemma and Gorka have since welcomed their baby daughter Mia Louise in July, with them often showing off their adorable little girl on Instagram.

One sweet post of Gorka and Mia saw him write: "So Mia, like we discussed, for the rest of my life, I’m gonna prioritise yours."

Katya Jones and Seann Walsh

Katya Jones and Seann Walsh didn't get together, but they hit headlines after they shared a passionate kiss during a night out.

They were both involved in the series in 2018 when it happened, and Katya was married to fellow pro Neil Jones at the time.

Both stars spoke out at the time and apologised for their actions, while the scandal stuck around for most of the series.

Katya and Neil are still together now having confirmed they were "fine" following the "one-off" mistake.

*Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One in October.

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