Stacey Dooley, 33, lifted the Glitterball trophy with her dance partner Kevin Clifton, 36, on Strictly Come Dancing last year but the champion yesterday revealed all about an “underwhelming” element that happened prior to her debut. Speaking on BBC series The One Show, the documentary-filmmaker revealed that when fans of the show were told she would be taking part in the competition there was no big announcement and she was there to “make up the numbers". Host Matt Baker said: “Strictly season starts tonight everybody as we are announcing the first of the Strictly stars of 2019.” Stacey replied: “We’re sweating,” as the pair had just wrapped up performing an impromptu dance routine.
The One Show host then asked: “On that note, can you remember when you were announced? How did it happen?” as he turned to her.
She replied: “It was all a bit underwhelming actually. Because I was supposed to come on here [The One Show] and it was going to be this huge announcement.
“But I was working overseas so I think they just put it on Instagram.”
She added: “Oh, we’ve got Stacey just to make up the numbers.”
But the Countryfile presenter gushed over his co-host as he admitted despite the “underwhelming announcement” she was still able to win the ballroom competition.