Debbie McGee says Strictly curse is ‘real’ due to chemistry between dancers

Debbie McGee has admitted that the infamous Strictly curse is “very real” and not surprising considering how much chemistry goes into dancing.

The former magician’s assistant and wife of the late Paul Daniels was a contestant on the hit BBC show in 2017 and was partnered with Giovanni Pernice.

The pair shared electric chemistry and at the time there was much speculation about whether or not they were romantically involved.

Debbie, 62, laughed the rumours off but has said that “she can see how it happens”.

Speaking to Closer magazine, Debbie said: "The Strictly curse does seem to be a thing.

"People have affairs in all walks of life and it's usually with the person that they're spending the most amount of time with.

"And because Strictly is televised and watched by so many, the 'curse' has become a really big deal."

She added: "Dancing can be very emotional and if there's a lot of chemistry between you and your dance partner, then I can see how it happens.”

Though the show is only on week six, this year's series has had its fair share of steamy moments.

Giovanni Pernice broke up with his partner Maura Higgins days before last weekend's show and seems to have a real friendship with his partner Rose Ayling-Ellis, 26.

Meanwhile Adam Peaty seemed to share a highly intimate moment with Katya Jones after they danced a very raunchy Argentine tango.

But the pro swimmer, who is in a relationship and has a young son, dismissed it and said he refused to be “lowered or overcome by gossip”.

The following week, presenter AJ Odudu and Kai Widdringtons also did the tango and again, things looked very intimate indeed.

But AJ laughed off the encounter and said she had been munching “smelly crips” before the routine.

Debbie, who lost Daniels to a brain tumour in 2016, said during her stint on the show that she was too busy practising her routines to notice if Giovanni, 31, fancied her.

The pair got to the final and he jokingly called her Flexi McGee as she showed off her full splits at their first training session.

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