But for professional dance couple Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace the show spelled the end of their real-life romance when Cacace waltzed off with her TV partner, actor Matt Di Angelo, in 2007.And yet despite that, their 20-year dancing partnership is stronger than ever.After splitting with his girlfriend of five years, Jo-Emma Larvin, just one week into his stint on Stricly in 2009, boxer Joe Calzaghe and professional partner Kristina Rihanoff soon embarked on a romance - splitting in 2013 after four years together.Following his 2013 stint on the show, rugby star Ben Cohen revealed he'd split from wife of 11-years Abby.
“Straight away the speed, power, the height, it felt good,” he says.
colleague Kristina Rihannof posted: "Congratulations guys,", while former judge Arlene Philipps told her "Never seen you look more beautiful." Astrologer Russell Grant, who was paired with Flavia in 2011, admitted he'd been moved to tears by the news.
He tweeted: "@Flavia Cacace just to let you know I'm in tears of happiness in my dressing room @lighthousepanto." Before finding lasting love with Jimi, the brunette beauty had two relationships on the show - she dated actor Matt Di Angelo and her professional partner Vincent Simone.
Former Strictly Come Dancing professional Flavia Cacace has spoken about the “Strictly Curse”, saying “it sends the celebrities mad”.
The Italian-born dancer, who won Strictly in 2012 with gymnast Louis Smith, said that people “can’t handle all that physical closeness”. Our job is to make them feel the centre of attention.