THOSE STRICTLY RO­MANCES

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - INTERVIEW -

Bren­dan Cole and Natasha Kaplin­sky:

“You can’t hide chem­istry,” ad­mit­ted New Zealand-born Bren­dan Cole when quizzed re­cently about the ru­mours that sur­rounded his Strictly part­ner­ship with beau­ti­ful news­reader Natasha Kaplin­sky in 2004. To this day, he swears he was not un­faith­ful to his part­ner at the time, fel­low pro­fes­sional Camilla Dallerup, whom he had been dat­ing for eight years. Though he and Camilla broke up dur­ing that se­ries, three weeks into the show, he has al­ways main­tained there were other rea­sons for the split. And as for what went on be­tween him and Natasha, he ad­mit­ted they be­came “ex­tremely close” but clar­i­fied: “I didn’t have an af­fair. Camilla chose to leave. Once you do some­thing, after that it’s not an af­fair.”

Rachel Ri­ley and Pasha Ko­valev:

It’s five years since Pasha took Rachel on a se­ries of spins around the BBC ball­room, spark­ing the start of a beau­ti­ful bond that has stood the test of time. The Count­down pre­sen­ter wasn’t strictly on the mar­ket at the time. In fact, she was in the first year of mar­riage to Jamie Gil­bert, the man she’d been with since school. Shortly after her ap­pear­ance on the show, she an­nounced that she and Jamie had split. Ri­ley and Ko­valev have al­ways main­tained that their re­la­tion­ship didn’t be­gin un­til after Rachel’s mar­riage was over.

Seann and Katya:

It’s been called the “big­gest scan­dal” ever to hit the show, and there have been a few, so that’s say­ing some­thing. This year, it was co­me­dian Seann Walsh and pro­fes­sional dance part­ner Katya Jones who were at the cen­tre of a tabloid storm after they were papped hav­ing a drunken snog out­side a Lon­don pub. The prob­lem? Nei­ther of them was sin­gle at the time.

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