Former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips has backed the decision to keep Seann Walsh and Katya Jones in the TV show, just days after the pair apologised after they were caught kissing.

The pair, who are set to perform the Charleston when they return to the dancefloor on Saturday, were snapped kissing last week, despite both having romantic partners. 

Speaking on Lorraine, the 75-year-old former judge said she thinks the 32-year-old funnyman and the 29-year-old pro dancer deserve to stay in the competition.

"I absolutely think they should be allowed to dance. They are consenting adults".

She added: "I'm not condoning what they did at all but it's a dance competition...

"Katya is such a brilliant choreographer and teacher. Whatever she does is going to be 'wow'."

When asked about the so-called Strictly curse, Philips saidsaid: "You are putty in the hands of whoever is teaching you.

"There is something about somebody who is teaching you. These very strong female partners teaching their male partners, and vice versa.

"There is an intensity, and they are thrown together for hour upon hour, physically close... There is constant touching and feeling."

Phillips said the judges should not "allude to" what happened, but simply "judge" the pair "on the dance", adding: "They have to be professional."

Walsh has since been publicly dumped by his girlfriend, Rebecca Humphries, who said the comedian called her "nuts" when she suspected something was going.