Gemma Atkinson welcomes the Strictly Come Dancing curse as she is desperate for a new man in her life
Gemma Atkinson might be the first contestant in Strictly history to welcome the show’s supposed ‘curse’.
The hit BBC dance show has become as famous for ruining marriages and wrecking romance as it has for teaching minor celebrities how to shake their stuff in the ballroom as many former contestants have run off with their dance partners.
While most stars are anxious about the Strictly Curse, 32-year-old Gemma can’t wait to have some romance thrown her way.
The unlucky-in-love soap star says she is ready to date following a string of romantic disasters.
“I’ve been single for ages so there wouldn’t be any curse for me. It would be a blessing,” the star told The Sun.
Gemma has seen love burn out with high profile footballers including Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs and Darren Brent over the years.
She was reportedly engaged to Liam Richards – but their relationship collapsed in 2013 after four years of being together.
And her romance with personal trainer Olly Foster fizzled out last year.
Aside from looking for love, Gemma also said she hopes to get a confidence boost from starring on the show – which begins on BBC One tonight.
“[At 11st] I don’t mean I’m too heavy, but I’m 5ft9in. Tall for a girl. If someone says, ‘There’s an 11st brick, pick it up,’ it’s heavy for anybody,” the soap beauty explained.
“So I’m hoping for a partner who will make me feel petite and dainty. Someone who can lift me and make me look elegant, as opposed to looking like a baby elephant,” she added.
Gemma joins a mixed bag of celebs for the fifteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Other female contestants include This Morning host Ruth Langsford, The Saturdays star Mollie King, stand up comedienne Susan Calman, and former X Factor champion Alexandra Burke.
While some of the lads that will be hitting the dance floor include Holby City star Joe McFadden, paralympic athlete Jonnie Peacock, and former X Factor runner-up Aston Merrygold.
Strictly Come Dancing launches on BBC One tonight at 7PM and runs all the way to Christmas.