26/08/2017 09:42 BST

'Strictly Come Dancing': New Judge Shirley Ballas Speaks Out On Show's Infamous 'Curse'

'We need chemistry on the show.'

Shirley Ballas is yet to take her seat on the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ panel, but she has already voiced her thoughts on one infamous aspect of the show - it’s dreaded ‘curse’. 

The so-called curse refers to how competing celebrities often split from their long term partners, either while on the show or shortly after - sometimes even beginning a relationship with their professional dance partner. 

And Shirley has admitted she understands how it happens, and claimed it brings something to the show. 

Shirley Ballas is Strictly Come Dancing's new Head Judge
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Shirley's ex-husband began a relationship with Kristina Rihanoff after they split

Denying rumours he left her for Kristina, she admitted she doesn’t hold a grudge towards her and would even like to see her back on the show, having quit to have a baby with former contestant Ben Cohen in 2016. 

“I think if the BBC were happy to have her back and she did a good job I don’t think it would be be­cause of me she doesn’t come back,” she said.

Meanwhile, one of this year’s contestants has also been speaking about the ‘Strictly curse’.

‘Sunday Brunch’ presenter Simon Rimmer has revealed his wife really isn’t concerned about him running off with a dancer on the show. 

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Simon Rimmer has also been speaking about the 'Strictly' curse

In an exclusive chat with HuffPost UK, Simon said: “One of our friends said to her the other week, ‘Are you not worried about the Strictly curse?’ And she said, ‘Hold on. Let me get this straight. So you’re saying a really, really attractive, young, professional dancer is going to be attracted to my lumbering 54-year-old husband who can’t dance? No, I’m not worried.’

“She said it without even a beat, not even a second, where there was that trepidation in her voice.”

‘Strictly Come Dancing’ begins on Saturday 9 September on BBC One. 

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