Gorka Marquez shrugs off Strictly curse as he says show is ‘just a job’

Gorka Marquez has dismissed the idea of the Strictly curse, insisting that the show is “just a job”.

The 31-year-old appeared on Steph’s Packed Lunch alongside his fiancée Gemma Atkinson, 36, where they both delved into the topic of the so called Strictly curse.

When Gorka was discussing some of the ‘behind the scenes’ secrets on this year’s Strictly, a member of the Packed Lunch studio audience asked: “Has Gemma ever disliked any partner that you have had that you’ve danced with?”

Gemma replied: “Apparently the press has said I’ve disliked all of them. In fact, I read an article saying I was to blame for Saturday because they [Gorka and Katie] lacked chemistry because they were fearful of me.

“I said to you, Katie is from up North, she lives near us, take her for coffee and dinners…”

The presenter went on to reflect on the intimate nature of some of the dances, requiring the celebrities and the pros to get up close and personal with each other.

She said: “I know how daunting it is as when I danced with Aljaz, I met Janette and I knew he was a married man.

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"The Rhumba was difficult as you’ve got to be so sensual. Janette took me aside and said ‘You’re dancing. It’s an acting job for the night, please go for it and don’t hold back because of me’ so, I never want Gorka’s partners to feel they have to hold back because of me.

“In the same respect that if I did an acting job and had to kiss someone, I wouldn’t want him piping up. I’m always encouraging. You’ve been lucky, you’ve had ace partners.”

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Gorka added: “For me, I know there are a lot of rumours about the Strictly curse, but I can guarantee you that for all of us it is a job and we know we have to get into character. It is just a job and we love our job.”

Gorka and his partner Katie McGlynn left the show on Sunday night, following their Cruella inspired American Smooth.

Gemma took to Instagram to praise the pair on their performance writing: "@katiexmcglynn you should be SO proud of yourself.

"Doing those dances with practically no rehearsal time at all is incredible! I struggled with 8hrs a day never mind 3hrs! You did ace! The best team. You did yourself and Gorks Proud!"

Steph’s Packed Lunch airs weekdays at 12.30pm on Channel 4.

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