By Laura Fox For Mailonline
Published: 01:04 BST, 3 May 2020 | Updated: 09:29 BST, 3 May 2020
Strictly Come Dancing ex-star Kevin Clifton has claimed he was so desperate to be paired with eventual champion Stacey Dooley, he called in a favour with one of the choreographers.
The dancer, 37, made the surprise admission on his new podcast, revealing that he wanted to dance with the broadcaster, 33, after becoming a fan of her documentaries.
Stacey and Kevin went onto be crowned Strictly champions in 2018 and have now been dating since April 2019.
Really? Strictly Come Dancing ex-star Kevin Clifton has claimed he was so desperate to be paired with Stacey Dooley (pictured), he called in a favour with one of the choreographers
Speaking on the latest episode of The Kevin Clifton Show podcast, Kevin admitted he called in a favour with Strictly choreographer Jason Gilkison, who he worked with on the Burn The Floor tour.
He said: 'I was a fan of your documentaries and for the last couple of years I'd tweeted you a few times, going 'I really liked your documentary', and you were like, ''Oh cheers Kev!''
'So yeah, I was like ''Stacey Dooley's wicked. She'll be really interesting... great just to talk to about her experiences.''
Dynamic duo: The dancer made the surprise admission on his new podcast, revealing that he was desperate to dance with Stacey after becoming a fan of her documentaries
'Once I heard you were doing it, I said to Jason, ''Remember that time when I had broken shins and it was the difference between Burn The Floor going bust or going to Broadway?''
'You (Jason) were like ''I need you to give a big performance tonight'' and I was, ''Yes I'll do it. I'll take lots of