Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood thinks the show’s ‘curse’ will intensify this year amid the new coronavirus restrictions.

It has recently been revealed that the show’s professional dancers have been forming social bubbles ahead of the 2020 series.

And now that the celebrities are set to join them in the Covid secure environment, the judge believes there will soon be new romances blossoming.

When chatting to The Sun on Sunday, he said: ‘I think it’s going to be more intense, isn’t it? Because they’re in a lockdown situation with each other.

‘Anyway, I always think of it as the Strictly blessing — look how many marriages we’ve had out of it.’

The full line-up for the competition has been confirmed, including the likes of comedian Bill Bailey, journalist Ranvir Singh, EastEnders star Maisie Smith, and singer HRVY.

Boxer Nicola Adams will also be taking part in the show’s first ever same-sex pairing.

Craig recently expressed his views on the Olympian when speaking to Mecca Bingo Online.

‘I think Nicola Adams will be punching above her weight,’ he said when asked about the new pairing.

‘But I am looking forward to seeing a same-sex couple. That’s going to be call.’

The term ‘punching above weight’ typically refers to someone’s looks, but Craig was just slating her dance moves before actually seeing them.

The gentleman!

However, he did reveal he has high hopes for The Wanted’s Max George, adding: ‘Oh yeah, he’s going to be great.’

It’s said that the dancers have already filmed 14 group routines with more than 300 costume changes ahead of the show’s return after isolating in a hotel together.

Strictly boss Kate Kilgour told Metro.co.uk ‘[It’s] probably the toughest show to get going under the current COVID climate, but I cannot tell you how impressed we have all been with the work that BBC studios have been doing.

‘Not just to make sure that it has been safe for everyone taking part in the show but also the inventiveness we have seen.’

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One later this year.

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