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13/12/2018 11:48 GMT

'Strictly Come Dancing': Len Goodman Suggests Producers Secretly Like 'Curse' Headlines

"If they’re both single then I think it doesn’t matter... not so much if one is married."

Former ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ judge Len Goodman has admitted he thinks the show’s producers like headlines about the show’s so-called “curse” as they drum up interest in the show.

When asked about the recent kissing scandal between comedian Seann Walsh and his professional partner Katya Jones, Len admitted that he “didn’t like” what went on, but suggested that those behind the scenes might have felt differently.

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Len Goodman

“I think the producers like all that,” he told Metro. “I think they probably… I’m not saying they encourage it but I think they like it if it happens.”

He elaborated: “If they’re both single then I think it doesn’t matter, [but] not so much if one is married and it all splits up the happy home. I don’t like that at all.

“But there’s been like Flavia Cacace and Jimi Mistry, they got married and they’re still married. And they were both single. So what’s wrong with that? Good, good for them.

“And everyone loves a love story. I think most years there’s been some sort of, ‘Oooh what’s going on there?’”

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Seann Walsh and Katya Jones

As well as the media furore surrounding Seann Walsh and Katya Jones, this year has also seen speculation that there could be something going on between finalist Joe Sugg and his partner Dianne Buswell, although they have repeatedly insisted this is not the case.

Similarly, when commenting on the nature of his relationship with partner Lauren Steadman, professional dancer AJ Pritchard said last month that he wasn’t ruling out a romance between them in the future.

This year’s ‘Strictly’ final will take place on Saturday night, airing live on BBC One from 6.30pm.

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