Strictly's John Whaite says he fell in love with Johannes during rhumba admitting he can 'see how' show curse happens

JOHN Whaite has confessed he understands how the Strictly 'curse' can happen after experiencing a romantic dance with pro Johannes Radebe.

The 32-year-old has opened up about his time on the BBC1 show, and said that he could see how couples competing on the show can grow close – with many relationships spilling off of the dancefloor in the past.

He said: "When we did the rumba, it was very romantic. It was very intimate and sensual. I felt like I loved Johannes.

"And I do love him to bits. You can see why the Strictly curse is a thing. You really can. You can see why people hook up."

Johannes agreed, adding: "Absolutely! All that time spent together dancing! You get to learn about somebody, and… you know, if you’re not in control some things happen, no? It’s human."

But John, who's been with partner Paul for 13 years, quickly added in the Radio Times Christmas issue: "Nothing's happened!"

Last weekend saw Bake Off winner John and Johannes make it through to the show's semi-final – but it wasn't all plain sailing.

Some fans of the show were left outraged after a mistake on Johanne's behalf caused John to drop him during their performance, meaning they were marked down by the judges.

Many thought it was unfair to score John low when the blunder wasn't his fault. One wrote: "Is it fair to penalise John for Johannes' mistake?"

And another said: "Bit unfair to mark them down for a mistake by the professional dancer!"

John revealed that Johannes kept putting off practicing lifts during rehearsals, saying: "We would do the routine, but kept leaving the lift out.

"Johannes was like, ‘We’ll come back to your lift.’

"And the time came when I just said, ‘Johannes, the time has come for me to lift you. Brace yourself!’ And I just grabbed him and chucked him in the air. And he screamed!”

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