Strictly’s Katya Jones has been ‘made wiser’ after falling for curse says expert

Strictly: Adam Peaty performs the Samba with Katya Jones

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Strictly Come Dancing is back on BBC One tonight and Olympian Adam Peaty will be giving his all. He found himself in the dreaded dance-off with professional partner Katya Jones on Halloween week. The pair have definite chemistry but relationship experts suggest their connection is not a romantic one.

Adam Peaty is one of the most competitive dancers on the series and he gives 110 per cent in every performance.

He left the judges in awe following his sultry Argentine Tango and the pair hit headlines following the routine.

Viewers were convinced Adam and Katya almost kissed in the final moment of the dance and they took to social media to discuss their close connection.

However, the pair have repeatedly said they were simply deep in character and they continue to shrug off claims of a romance.

Relationship expert Alex Mellor-Brook spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about the couple facing the ‘Strictly curse’.

The expert said: “The obvious target for most people to point the strictly curse at would be Adam Peaty and his partner Katya Jones.

“But should they? Yes, Katya has history with ‘the curse’, but this will also have made her wiser.

“Adam is not holding back in his performances, he’s an Olympian, so he will give it 100 per cent and they will definitely have built a strong bond together.

“This is normal for such an intense competition. But there are boundaries, and as long as they set these out and clearly define what is acceptable, they remain a very strong dancing couple.”

Professional dancer Katya split from her dancer husband Neil Jones after she was caught kissing her celebrity partner Seann Walsh in 2018.

Seann had also been in a long-term relationship at the time.

Relationship expert and psychotherapist Neil Wilkie spoke to Express.co.uk about how common the curse is on the show.

He said: “The statistics show that over 16 years of Strictly there have been over 200 couples participating.

“Of these only 10 have had affairs. This means that Strictly is safer than going to the office.

“Research shows that 19 per cent admit to cheating with a colleague and 44 per cent say they have known co-workers who have had affairs at work.”

As for why the Strictly curse happens, he added: “Strictly is a perfect breeding ground for an affair.

“All of the partners are participating in a life-changing event where many hours are spent together, learning and practising together with a shared purpose.

“They are part of an amazing team and an intimate coupling. Time and attention is focused on one goal and the rest of the world is on hold while Cinderella is unleashed.

“In addition, the ‘love’ hormone, Oxytocin, will be flowing because of the close intimate contact, and this builds empathy, trust and sexual activity.

“One of you will be a professional used to acting out intimate poses and moves. The amateur dancer may never have experienced it before and can easily misinterpret what is happening as a sexual advance rather than just a dance.”

In terms of which couples are showing great on-screen chemistry, he listed John Whaite and Johannes Radebe, Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin and AJ and Kai.

He also opened up about Adam and Katya’s sensual performance, saying: “There have been many column inches and deep examination of videos.

“Did they kiss or not? What if they did; they had just performed a very intimate, sensual dance and their heads and lips were very close.

“They do have great on-screen chemistry and Katya has unleashed wonderful new skills in a man who has achieved a lot but whose Olympian career is over.”

Tonight, Adam and Katya will be dancing the Jive to Little Bitty Pretty One by Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers.

Strictly Come Dancing returns tonight on BBC One at 6.45pm.

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