No sympathy for Strictly Come Dancing curse

Kate Mason
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They say there’s no smoke without fire and whilst rumours have been smouldering for years about the so called “Strictly Come Dancing Curse” it seems the hot topic has finally erupted into a raging inferno.

The catalyst credited with fanning the flames are pictures published this week of England rugby ace Ben Cohen leaving Kristina Rihanoff’s flat after allegedly spending the night.

Programme Name: Strictly Come Dancing - TX: 16/11/2013 - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Embargoed for publication until: 16/11/2013 - Picture Shows: **LIVE SHOW**�Strictly embargoed for publication until 20:00 hrs on Saturday 16th November 2013 Kristina Rihanoff, Ben Cohen - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy

Programme Name: Strictly Come Dancing - TX: 16/11/2013 - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Embargoed for publication until: 16/11/2013 - Picture Shows: **LIVE SHOW**�Strictly embargoed for publication until 20:00 hrs on Saturday 16th November 2013 Kristina Rihanoff, Ben Cohen - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy

No sooner had the pictures been published than the Russian dancer was quick stepping it into the offices of a national newspaper to give her side of the story.

The move to tell all was more expertly choreographed than one of her creations on the reality TV show but I for one am not fooled.

If this was the first occasion she had hooked up with her dancing partner on the show I would be more understanding but she’s got form.

The dancer previously had a four-year relationship with her former dance partner boxing champion Joe Calzaghe and a fling with fellow professional Vincent Simone.

But there she is crying to the media that she has been painted as a man eater and questioning why the finger is always pointed at the woman and not the man

She may be used to getting a ten from Len but she gets a big fat zero from me when it comes to the sympathy vote.

I’m not saying she should automatically carry the can for the break up of a marriage as we all know it takes two to tango , but expecting people to feel sorry for her is a step too far in my book.

But it’s not just Rihanoff who has indulged in some dirty dancing off screen there has been countless examples.

It all started back in series one when professional dancer Brendan Cole was said to be romancing Natasha Kaplinsky.

Since then Rachel Riley split with her husband and got together with professional Pasha - I could go on and on.

Even if romance doesn’t blossom between the on-screen couples it seems the strain of being on the show still manages to split many relationships apart.

Partners of Z-list celebrities must be quaking in their shoes praying their other half doesn’t receive the “strictly call”.

I wonder if there’s a disclaimer in the contract stating “Strictly Come Dancing cannot be blamed for any injuries sustained or marriages destroyed.”