Strictly Come Dancing 2019: Shirley Ballas opens up about the ‘drama’ of Strictly curse


Strictly Come Dancing will return later this year with a host of new celebrities taking to the dance floor in the hope of lifting the glitterball trophy, and as fans wait for the line-up to be released head judge Shirley Ballas has opened up about the infamous Strictly curse. 

Over the years Strictly has seen many celebrities and professional dancers meet on the show and then go on to be romantically linked. 

Professional dancer Katya Jones cheated on her husband and fellow Strictly dancer Neil Jones by kissing celebrity partner Seann Walsh during last year’s show. 

Last year’s champions Stacey Dooley and Karen Clifton started dating after meeting on the show. 

In an interview with the Daily Star Online, Shirley explained what she really thinks about the supposed Strictly curse. 

She remarked: “The drama… that is life isn’t it? If you go to the bank, if you go here or work there.” 

“It is just that we are on TV and every single thing is picked up every week.” 

Despite backstage gossip dominating headlines during each series, Shirley is looking forward to the show’s return. 

She added: “It doesn’t tire me out… I think it is exciting. I can’t wait for it to come back.” 

However, before the show returns bosses will need to find a replacement for Darcey Bussell who decided to step down from the panel after seven years. 

Talking about Darcey’s decision to quit the show, she added: “I have a hole in my heart where Darcey is leaving… we did the tour together and shared a dressing room and she was just the most magnificent human on the planet.” 

Meanwhile, Shirley recently spoke to and revealed the 2019 series would see a “shake-up”. 

“It’s going to be a salt and pepper shake-up for sure,” she hinted. 

However, when asked who will be taking Darcey’s place on the panel, Shirley confessed she wasn’t sure. 

“I don’t know, but I’m sure whoever they pick will fit into the panel seamlessly.” 

Elsewhere, former runner-up Danny Mac has declared who he would like to replace Darcey. 

The actor took part in the show in 2016 and came second with professional dancer Oti Mabuse. 

During an appearance on Sunday Brunch, Danny admitted: “I think Oti should be the judge. She’s amazing I love her.” 

Not only does he think highly of the dancer, he believes the contestants would value her judgement. 

“I think they would still quite happily take criticism from her,” he added. 

Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC One later this year. 


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