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Inside the    Strictly curse


West End star Layton Williams has hit back at 'fix claims' after some Strictly viewers complained his musical theatre background has given him an unfair advantage.

But judging by how previous contestants with extensive dance experience have fared, it's not likely to do him any favours in the long run. We explore the OTHER Strictly curse...

Back in 2018 Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts, who was paired with Pasha Kovalev, was gutted to end up in the dance-off three times - on one occasion after she received a perfect score

JLS singer Aston Merrygold put in a stonking display on Strictly, quickly taking to ballroom and Latin, arguably helped by his pop star past. But he suffered a shock exit in week seven - leading some fans to threaten to boycott the show.

Like Fleur, Molly Rainford also suffered from the fact she was a singer and had been to acting school, where she studied dance. She faced the dance off four times.

Former Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh - who is now a leading lady in the West End - took part on Strictly in 2012. But despite her high scores from the judges, she found herself in the dance-off in week six.