Series 1 (2004): Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole
Inaugural Season Drama: Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole’s Controversial Win
In its very first season, Strictly Come Dancing made headlines for all the wrong reasons, as newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky and her charismatic partner Brendan Cole captured both the trophy and the attention of viewers.
Despite their victory, allegations of an affair tarnished their success, leading to significant personal consequences.
Series 5 (2007): Matt Di Angelo and Flavia Cacace
A Rollercoaster Romance: Matt Di Angelo and Flavia Cacace’s Secret Love
In one of Strictly’s most intriguing romances, Flavia Cacace found herself partnered with Matt Di Angelo while already in a long-term relationship with another dance partner.
The gossip mill went into overdrive as rumors of their secret love affair spread like wildfire. Their story took unexpected twists and turns, leaving a lasting mark on the show’s history.
Series 7 (2009): Ali Bastian and Brian Fortuna
From Rehearsals to Romance: Ali Bastian and Brian Fortuna’s Dancefloor Love Story
Hollyoaks star Ali Bastian’s journey on Strictly included not just impressive dances but also a budding romance with her partner Brian Fortuna.
Their chemistry on and off the dancefloor sparked speculation among fans and eventually led to a public confirmation of their relationship.
However, like many others, their love story had its ups and downs.
Series 7 (2009): Joe Calzaghe and Kristina Rihanoff
Boxer’s Heartache: Joe Calzaghe and Kristina Rihanoff’s Rocky Romance
Former boxer Joe Calzaghe’s appearance on Strictly took an unexpected turn when he ended a five-year relationship to be with his dance partner, Kristina Rihanoff.
Their love faced challenges, including differences in career aspirations and family plans. The story of Joe and Kristina’s romance is a rollercoaster of emotions.
Series 8 (2010): Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev
Visa Woes and Separation: Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev’s Love Journey
Winning the 2010 season brought Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev together both on and off the dancefloor.
Their love story was filled with passion, but visa issues forced them to spend long periods apart. Ultimately, the strain proved too much for their relationship, leading to a heartbreaking separation.
Series 11 (2013): Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff
The Scandal That Shook Strictly: Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff’s Love Affair
Kristina Rihanoff and Ben Cohen’s romance made headlines, with allegations that their relationship began before Cohen’s marriage ended.
Their story is marked by controversy and public scrutiny, leading to a challenging period for both of them.
Series 11 (2013): Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev
Countdown to Heartbreak: Rachel Riley’s Journey from Marriage to Pasha Kovalev
Rachel Riley’s time on Strictly led to a series of life-changing events, including the end of her marriage to Jamie Gilbert.
While her bond with dance partner Pasha Kovalev grew stronger, it marked the beginning of a new chapter in her life, both personally and professionally.
Series 11 (2013): Susanna Reid
Unraveling the Myths: Susanna Reid’s Strictly Experience and Love Life
Popular breakfast TV host Susanna Reid faced personal challenges during her Strictly journey. Despite reaching the final, she experienced a breakup with her long-term partner, Dominic Cotton.
Susanna clarifies that the show was not the sole cause of their relationship troubles.
Series 12 (2014): Sunetra Sarker
Separation and Clarity: Sunetra Sarker’s Honest Account of Her Strictly Journey
Actress Sunetra Sarker’s participation in Strictly coincided with her marriage split from husband Nick Corfield.
She sets the record straight, explaining that their romance had ended long before the reality show and emphasizing that Strictly was not to blame for their separation.
Series 12 (2014): Caroline Flack
Caroline Flack’s Tango of Heartbreak: Love, Breakup, and Redemption on Strictly
Caroline Flack’s journey on Strictly led to the end of her relationship with boyfriend Jack Street.
The breakup was marked by emotional turmoil, but Caroline’s determination and success on the show ultimately prevailed over personal challenges.