Strictly viewers left ‘cringing’ after ‘on the nose’ Nigel Harman and Katya Jones exchange

Eagle-eyed Strictly followers had been fast to level out a “toe-curling” name again to a high-profile scandal that rocked a previous collection throughout a section between Katya Jones and her movie star associate Nigel Harman.

The so-called “Strictly curse” relies on the concept that collaborating on Strictly – whether or not as a star or knowledgeable dancer – threatens the standing of the connection a contestant is in after they join.

Skilled dancer Jones is paired with the Olivier award-winning Casualty actor on this yr’s collection of the BBC competitors, and so they have impressed viewers with their weekly routines regardless of middling scores from the judging panel.

These tuning into the present’s companion collection, It Takes Two, on Monday (30 October), detected an uncomfortable second when the pair teased the routine they carried out on Saturday evening’s episode (4 November).

When host Fleur East requested about their subsequent dance – a Tango to Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson’s “Nothing Breaks Like as Coronary heart” – Harman mentioned it was about “energy, drive and drama”, with Harman stating: “We’ve acquired a very good story.” He then mentioned to Jones: “I’ll allow you to inform the story.’

Nonetheless, Jones laughed nervously, indicating to Harman that she didn’t need to be the one to speak in regards to the story, leaving Harman to proceed: “We’re a pair who’re in love with one another, in a long-term relationship, however one in every of them has strayed from dwelling and they also’re arguing and combating about it, and nothing breaks like a coronary heart, so there’s actual drama within the routine.”

Nigel Harman and Katya Jones on ‘It Takes Two’ (BBC)

Jones interjected: “They’ve tousled huge time – they actually love one another, however the injury is finished,” with Harman including: “It’s about [whether they] can they get well when any individual has had an affair.”

Viewers who detected the momentary awkwardness highlighted that this was most certainly because of Jones’s previous involvement in a Strictly scandal in 2018.

Jones was caught kissing her movie star associate, the comic Seann Walsh, on an evening out in London when she was relationship Neil Jones, and when Walsh was relationship actor Rebecca Humphries.

On the time, each Walsh and Jones issued an apology, and maintained that it was a “drunken” mistake.

One viewer mentioned they ‘cringed” watching the trade on It Takes two, with one other including that their “toes curled”.

An extra fan said: “The story for Nigel and Katya’s tango isn’t too on the nostril in any respect.”

In August 2023, Nice British Bake Off star John Whaite revealed that he virtually fell sufferer to the so-called Strictly “curse” after “falling in love” with skilled dancer Johannes Radebe regardless of being in a long-term relationship.

Nigel Harman dancing the Paso Doble with Katya Jones (BBC/Guy Levy)

Nigel Harman dancing the Paso Doble with Katya Jones (BBC/Man Levy)

After Strictly ended, Whaite mentioned that he quickly “spent a while aside” from his associate of 15 years, who moved dwelling along with his mother and father whereas Whaite himself “sat on the patio, consuming bottle after bottle of sauvignon blanc”.

Nonetheless, the couple are again collectively, and Whaite says he now deliberately retains his distance from Radebes as “I’ve to be aware that there’s greater than my very own needs to think about right here”.

Discover out who acquired eradicated in Sunday evening’s outcomes present right here.

Strictly continues Saturday 11 November at 6.05pm on BBC One.

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