Strictly 2018 controversies – from rows to romps and rule-breaking

It’s been a rollercoaster ride for many of this year’s celebrities on Strictly Come Dancing.

Not only did the dreaded ‘curse’ strike, but there were romps, rows and even rumoured romances.

And it wasn’t only celebrities and their partners rowing, but the judges too.

Here’s a look back at the biggest controversies of 2018.

Seann Walsh and Katya Jones’ kissgate scandal

Unarguably the biggest scandal this year, Seann and Katya left fans of the show gobsmacked when they were pictured having a snog after a night of boozing.

The pair were both in relationships at the time, with Katya married to pro Neil Jones.

They each apologised in separate statements on social media as they insisted it was a "on-off mistake".

Seann was dumped by girlfriend Rebecca Humphries at the time.

Danny John-Jules misses It Takes Two

Each week the eliminated dancer appears on spin-off show It takes Two, to discuss their strictly journey with host Zoe Ball.

However, Danny John-Jules did not go on the programme when he and his professional partner, Amy Dowden, received their marching orders in November after ending up in the dance-off.

The Red Dwarf actor was eliminated following reports of a row with Dowden.

She appeared alone on It Takes Two and Ball told viewers: "I am afraid that Danny has decided not to join us tonight."

Anton Du Beke’s early exit

There was disappointment when Anton Du Beke exited during the first elimination, when his partner, Susannah Constantine, got the boot.

They posted messages on social media calling for the dancer – whose celebrity partners have included Judy Murray and Ann Widdecombe and who has never won Strictly – to be given a strong contender next year.

Ashley Roberts is in the dance-off for three weeks in a row

Roberts has faced claims that she has an unfair advantage over the other celebrities because of her background in dance.

But despite her success on the scoreboard, she has ended up competing for her place in the competition for the last three weeks in a row.

Lindy hop scoring chaos

When there were seven couples left, the entire group took to the dancefloor at the same time for a Lindy hop-a-thon.

The judges were set to give their scores from a tablet but head judge Shirley Ballas made several errors.

She said the judges had "lost the board" they were reading the marks from due to a technical glitch.

She first announced that Roberts and Kovalev had come first, before she was corrected and told to start from the bottom.

Ballas told Charles Venn and Karen Clifton they were fifth, but said "Charles and Dianne", much to their confusion.

Following a few more blunders, host Claudia Winkleman joked to the audience: "If you are watching at home, goodness, have a drink."

Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel Horwood row

There was drama when Revel Horwood alleged Ballas had fake breasts.

The outspoken judge made the comment during a promotional book tour.

However, he has since said sorry and the pair have straightened things out.

Ballas said on Loose Women: "He was very gracious, very cordial, very gentlemanly-like, sent me the most beautiful big bouquet of flowers."

The Strictly Come Dancing final airs at 6.30pm on Saturday on BBC1.

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