‘Don’t Go Strictly’ TV Star Rachel Riley Warns Showbiz Friends
Come dance strictly (or ‘Strictly’ for its millions of viewers) is a glittering confection of dazzling and entertainment, BBC1’s flagship Saturday night show, and the perfect vehicle to help celebrities stay firmly in the public eye for nearly three long months.
From a viewer perspective, there is nothing negative about this except the difficulty of deciding who should lift the Glitterball Trophy.
But talk to The temperature This weekend, Countdown star and ex-Strictly contestant Rachel Riley hinted at the dark side of Strictly, admitting: “I advise my friends not to be on the show and I know people who have given up because of the mental pressures involved.”
Insisting that “there is not enough awareness of the psychological effects it has”, the figures added,
“I’m a math geek, not a performer… have ten million viewers sitting to judge you, let alone the real judges? You have to be very strong mentally to not let that affect your self-esteem.”
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Riley met her husband, professional dancer Pasha Kovalev, on the show in 2013, and they tied the knot in June 2019 in Las Vegas, before she gave both to daughter Maven in December of that year. She is now pregnant with their second child, expected overnight.
“We chased them away! The plan is to end sleep deprivation in one go,” she said. “I’m 35 and I have friends who have fertility issues, and you never know if you’re going to be able to get pregnant.
“We were very lucky, we are touching wood and we are very excited.”
But during his time on Strictly, paired with Pasha, was successful, Rachel also paid tribute to Caroline Flack, who danced with Pasha a year later in the 2014 series.
Presenter Flack committed suicide in February 2020 and Rachel said, “Caroline Flack’s story was such a tragic story; even Pasha struggles to talk about it.
“I would rather not [talk about it] other than saying, i read some of her interviews where she was talking about her depression after strictly and, i agree, it pisses you off. “
Recently, other stars have spoken openly about the effect that appearing on the show can have. Louise Redknapp, who appeared in 2016 dancing with Kevin Clifton, admitted the sudden spotlight had convinced her that she needed more out of life than marriage to Jamie Redknapp and motherhood.
She broke up with Jamie, who recently remarried, and later wrote that while the show gave her a new direction and showed she could get back to work, “I still wish I had done the things differently because I feel like I’m hurting a lot of people and I’ll always be sorry.
“I felt like some people were supporting me and, looking back, that wasn’t really the case. I was so scared to go back to my normal life and lose what I had accomplished on the show.
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The “Strictly Curse” is well known – meaning that established couples often break up when one of them appears on the show, due to the pressure or danger of falling in love with a dance partner. – and sometimes out of simple jealousy.
Island of love Supermodel Maura Higgins recently split from professional boyfriend Strictly dancer Giovanni and a friend said OK Magazine this Strictly was to blame.
“Strictly is such hard work and all of your time is taken with the show so Maura hasn’t had much of her time. Unfortunately, the handwriting was written on the wall.
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“Giovanni wants to win the show. He has such an amazing bond with (dance partner) Rose and Maura couldn’t stand it. ”
They added: “Gio works 24/7 on Strictly and Maura flies here, there and everywhere with the modeling … that’s why Gio decided to end it. They have a crazy suitcase life, which makes it hard to be a couple. “
Other couples who collapsed on the rocks in the ballroom included comedian Sean Walsh and his girlfriend, who parted ways when the contestant was blown away kissing his dance partner Katya Jones. She also split from her husband, dancer Neil Jones, after the scandal.
Presenter Stacey Dooley has also split from her longtime boyfriend and now lives with her dance partner Kevin Clifton.
This week, ex Strictly Professional dancer Kristina Rihanoff opened up about why the show is wreaking havoc, even without romance.
“I think everyone is under a lot of pressure because they can read the comments, they can see what people are saying,” said the star, 44, who left the show in 2015.
“When I joined the show, it wasn’t like that, it was pure ballroom dancing, there was no extra stuff.
“And then a few years later, during my eight years on Strictly, suddenly everything changed, we were treated to props and more things for the production. Suddenly, it put a lot of pressure on the dancers, and of course the celebrities, to deliver even more spectacular acts.
“And sure, anyone can sit at home and tweet something not very nice and we have to read it, and you think ‘I’ve been working so hard all week.’
“I think people are always surprised at the physical and emotional intensity of the show,” she added.
“People think, ‘Oh, it’s just an entertainment show, it’s a little fun, a few hours of dancing.
“But it’s not like that. You dance sometimes eight to nine hours a day to prepare your dance, you only have four days to prepare a dance, that’s all, because on Friday you’re already at the BBC rehearsing, so people don’t realize not how intense it is. “
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