James Bye brushes off ‘Strictly curse’ fears and reveals plans to renew his wedding vows

‘I pride myself on putting family first’: James Bye brushes off ‘Strictly curse’ fears as he reveals plans to renew his vows with wife Victoria – after being paired with pro Amy Dowden

James Bye insists the Strictly Come Dancing curse will not come between him and his wife Victoria.

The curse has been known for drawing celebrities and their professional dance partners close together as they bond during their gruelling training and rehearsal schedules for the show with some becoming official couples by the end of past series.

But former EastEnders actor James, 38, who has played the character of Martin Fowler since 2014, says nothing will come between him and Victoria, with the couple planning to renew their wedding vows having originally married in 2012.

Loved-up: James Bye, 38, insists the Strictly Come Dancing curse will not come between him and his wife Victoria

Loved-up: James Bye, 38, insists the Strictly Come Dancing curse will not come between him and his wife Victoria

According to the Mirror, James said: ‘It’s not really come up for us. It’s one of those things attached to the show but being a part of it, I genuinely don’t see any of that.’

He added that it was actually Victoria who encouraged him to say ‘yes’ to the show after he was asked to appear.

James added: ‘I’m a massive family man, and both Victoria and I pride ourselves on putting our family first at all times so before I even contemplated it I wanted to speak to her first.’

Match: James, who insists he has 'got zero dance experience' will perform with pro Amy Dowden this series

Match: James, who insists he has ‘got zero dance experience’ will perform with pro Amy Dowden this series

The screen star said the couple discussed the possibility for a couple of weeks before making a decision, with James saying he wanted to make sure everything was in place so his family was provided for before he committed to the show. 

The couple share three sons – Edward, eight, Louis, six, and Hugo, three – and they are planning to renew their vows after pushing back the date from last year as they could not find time in their schedules.

He said: ‘At the beginning of next year we are going to take the family out to where Victoria and I had our honeymoon and we are going to renew our vows on the beach in front of everybody.’

Revealed! The Strictly Come Dancing 2022 pairings have been revealed and leading the pack is reigning champion Giovanni Pernice, who will form one of two same-sex pairings this series

Just the two of us: Helen Skelton will take to the floor with Gorka Marquez after becoming a last-minute addition to the show

Revealed! The Strictly Come Dancing 2022 pairings have been revealed and leading the pack is reigning champion Giovanni Pernice, who will form one of two same-sex pairings this series, while Helen Skelton will take to the floor with Gorka Marquez

Let's do this! Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds will dance with Nikita Kuzmin, who last year took to the floor with Tilly Ramsay

Let’s do this! Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds will dance with Nikita Kuzmin, who last year took to the floor with Tilly Ramsay

Making history: For the first time in the show's history, there will be two same-sex couples performing in the same series, with Karen, who last year danced with Greg Wise, taking to the floor with comedian Jayde

Making history: For the first time in the show’s history, there will be two same-sex couples performing in the same series, with Karen, who last year danced with Greg Wise, taking to the floor with comedian Jayde

It comes after the Strictly Come Dancing 2022 pairings were revealed on Friday.

The high-anticipated launch show had originally been due to air on September 17, but had been postponed due to it being just two days before the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, which took place on September 19. 

James, who insists he has ‘got zero dance experience’ will perform with pro Amy Dowden this series.

First meeting: Helen will take to the dancefloor with Gorka, who last year was eliminated during the show's third week after failing to impress with Katie McGlynn

First meeting: Helen will take to the dancefloor with Gorka, who last year was eliminated during the show’s third week after failing to impress with Katie McGlynn

Reigning champion Giovanni Pernice, who will form one of two same-sex pairings this series, as he takes to the floor with Richie Anderson, while comedian Jayde Adams will perform with Karen Hauer.

For the first time in the show’s history, there will be two same-sex couples performing in the same series, with Karen, who last year danced with Greg Wise, taking to the floor with comedian Jayde Adams.

Elsewhere, Helen Skelton will take to the floor with Gorka Marquez after becoming a last-minute addition to the show, while Katya Jones has been partnered with footballer Tony Adams.

Matched up: Kai Widdrington, who was last year forced to withdraw from the final after his celebrity partner AJ Odudu suffered an injury, will this year dance with broadcaster Kaye Adams

Matched up: Kai Widdrington, who was last year forced to withdraw from the final after his celebrity partner AJ Odudu suffered an injury, will this year dance with broadcaster Kaye Adams

Partner goals: Katya Jones, who set tongues wagging last year when she appeared to kiss the now-single Olympic star Adam Peaty, has been paired up with footballer Tony Adams

Partner goals: Katya Jones, who set tongues wagging last year when she appeared to kiss the now-single Olympic star Adam Peaty, has been paired up with footballer Tony Adams

Wow factor: Singer and DJ Fleur East has been coupled with newcomer Vito Coppola

Wow factor: Singer and DJ Fleur East has been coupled with newcomer Vito Coppola

New duo: Last year's finalist Johannes Radebe, who had performed with Great British Bake Off star John Whaite, will this year dance with comedian Ellie Taylor

New duo: Last year’s finalist Johannes Radebe, who had performed with Great British Bake Off star John Whaite, will this year dance with comedian Ellie Taylor

Streets ahead? Coronation Street star Kym Marsh will dance with Graziano Di Prima, who last year took to the floor with Judi Love

Streets ahead? Coronation Street star Kym Marsh will dance with Graziano Di Prima, who last year took to the floor with Judi Love

Kai Widdrington, who was last year forced to withdraw from the final after his celebrity partner AJ Odudu suffered an injury, will this year dance with broadcaster Kaye Adams. 

Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds will dance with Nikita Kuzmin, who last year took to the floor with Tilly Ramsay, while singer and DJ Fleur East has been coupled with newcomer Vito Coppola.

Last year’s finalist Johannes Radebe, who had performed with Great British Bake Off star John Whaite, will this year dance with comedian Ellie Taylor.  

Music to his ears: Matt Goss has been paired up with Nadiya Bychkova

Music to his ears: Matt Goss has been paired up with Nadiya Bychkova

Fun times: DJ Tyler West will dance with Dianne Buswell, who last year withdrew from the series alongside Robert Webb due to his health concerns

Fun times: DJ Tyler West will dance with Dianne Buswell, who last year withdrew from the series alongside Robert Webb due to his health concerns

Nice one! Rounding out this year's couples are actor Will Mellor, who has been partnered with Nancy Xu

Nice one! Rounding out this year’s couples are actor Will Mellor, who has been partnered with Nancy Xu

Let's dance: Singer and CBBC star Molly Rainford will take to the dancefloor with series newcomer Carlos Gu

Can't wait: Countryfile's Hamza Yassin, who will dance with Jowita Przystal and told how his Strictly wish is to bag a 10 from Craig

Let’s dance: Singer and CBBC star Molly Rainford will take to the dancefloor with series newcomer Carlos Gu

Singer and CBBC star Molly Rainford will take to the dancefloor with series newcomer Carlos Gu.

Coronation Street star Kym Marsh will dance with Graziano Di Prima, who last year took to the floor with Judi Love, while Matt Goss has been paired up with Nadiya Bychkova.

DJ Tyler West will dance with Dianne Buswell, who last year withdrew from the series alongside Robert Webb due to his health concerns.

Rounding out this year’s couples are actor Will Mellor, who has been partnered with Nancy Xu, and Countryfile’s Hamza Yassin, who will dance with Jowita Przystal and told how his Strictly wish is to bag a 10 from Craig. 

Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Who are the couples?

HELEN SKELTON AND GORKA MARQUEZ 

Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez

Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez

Celebrity’s age: 39

Profession: TV and radio broadcaster

Helen says: ‘I’m really excited to get stuck into a fun adventure. My family and friends have always loved the show and can’t wait for me to get started’

ELLIE SIMMONDS AND NIKITA KUZMIN 

Ellie Simmonds and Nikita Guzman

Ellie Simmonds and Nikita Guzman

Celebrity’s age: 27

Profession: Former athlete 

Ellie says: ‘To be asked to be part of the Strictly family is just so exciting and I cannot wait, it’s going to so much fun.’

ELLIE TAYLOR AND JOHANNES RADEBE 

Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe

Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe

Celebrity’s age: 38

Profession: Comedian

Ellie says: ‘Well, cover me in fake tan and roll me in sequins! I’m absolutely over the moon to be a part of Strictly 2022!’

FLEUR EAST AND VITO COPPOLA 

Fleur East and Vito Coppola

Fleur East and Vito Coppola

Celebrity’s age: 34 

Profession: Singer

Fleur says:  ‘I’m equally nervous and thrilled to be part of this year’s Strictly line up. I’m excited to learn new skills and I want to soak up every moment of this magical experience.’

JAMES BYE AND AMY DOWDEN 

James Bye and Amy Dowden

James Bye and Amy Dowden

Celebrity’s age: 38

Profession: EastEnders actor

James says ‘I’m not known for my shimmy or my twinkle toes – in fact my kids regularly laugh at my dad dancing but it’s an honour to be asked and I’m going to give it my best shot.’

JAYDE ADAMS AND KAREN HAUER 

Jayde Adams and Karen Hauer

Jayde Adams and Karen Hauer

Celebrity’s age: 37

Profession: Comedian

Jayde says: ‘I’ve been a massive fan of the show for years. I feel like I’m watching myself in a dream and I can’t believe I’ve manifested this.’

TYLER WEST AND DIANNE BUSWELL 

Tyler West and Dianne Buswell

Tyler West and Dianne Buswell

Celebrity’s age: 26

Profession: Radio DJ

Tyler says: ‘It’s a show that means so much to me and my family and I can’t wait to seriously shake a leg on that shiny dance floor… with a side of sequins.’

HAMZA YASSIN AND JOWITA PRZYSTAL 

Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal

Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal

Celebrity’s age: 35

Profession: Wildlife cameraman and presenter

Hamza says: ‘I am absolutely over the moon to be joining Strictly 2022. Never in a million years did I think I’d be on such a cool show.’

RICHIE ANDERSON AND GIOVANNI PERNICE 

Richie Anderson and Giovanni Pernice

Richie Anderson and Giovanni Pernice

Celebrity’s age: 34

Profession: Radio presenter 

Richie says: ‘This is a dream come true! I cannot wait to get in those sparkles and sequins and shimmy across the most famous dance floor in the world!’

KYM MARSH AND GRAZIANO DI PRIMA 

Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima

Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima

Celebrity’s age: 46

Profession: Coronation Street star and presenter

Kym says: ‘I’m so delighted that this year they have! I’m a huge fan of the show and can’t believe I’m going to go from watching at home in my pyjamas to actually dancing in front of the judges in a glittery dress.’

MATT GOSS AND NADIYA BYCHKOVA 

Matt Goss and Nadiya Bychkova

Matt Goss and Nadiya Bychkova

Celebrity’s age: 53

Profession: Singer

Matt says: ‘I’ve been reclusive, I come and work and then go back to America. I thought, it’s time for me to come home and get out of my own way’

MOLLY RAINFORD AND CARLOS GU 

Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu

Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu

Age: 21

Profession: Singer 

Molly says: ‘I already know it’s gonna be an experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the Strictly family I’ll be sharing it with.’

WILL MELLOR AND NANCY XU 

Will Mellor and Nancy Xu

Will Mellor and Nancy Xu

Celebrity’s age: 46

Profession: Actor

Will says: ‘I know it will be a huge challenge but that’s what life is all about. This is also my Mum’s favourite show and she’s had a really tough few years so I’m doing this is for her as well. Bring it on!’

TONY ADAMS AND KATYA JONES 

Tony Adams and Katya Jones

Tony Adams and Katya Jones

Celebrity’s age: 55

Profession: Retired footballer and manager

Tony says:  ‘To say I’m excited is an understatement – the lure of the sequins and the call of the salsa has me swapping my battered old football boots for a set of Strictly soft shoes’

KAYE ADAMS AND KAI WIDDRINGTON 

Kaye Adams and Kai Widdrington

Kaye Adams and Kai Widdrington

Celebrity’s age: 59 

Profession: Television presenter 

Kaye says: ‘I said I wanted to make the last year of my fifties memorable and i can’t think of a better way of doing it than showing the world my two left feet. Pray for me!’ 

 

 

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