Strictly Come Dancing 2019 professional Kevin Clifton, 37, and television star Stacey Dooley, 32, who are now in a relationship, won the Glitterball trophy in December.
In the latest episode of his podcast The Kevin Clifton Show, the dancer admitted he was reluctant to perform their Jive dressed as minions to Pharrell Williams’ song Happy from the movie Despicable Me.
The pair memorably dressed as the yellow cartoon characters and impressed the judges and viewers with their energetic routine.
Despite it being a success, Kevin said at the time he asked producers if the pair could dance to a Tomb Raider-themed song instead.
Revealing all, he said: “When it came to movie week, the BBC came to me with the idea to do Minions the movie when I was dancing with Stacey Dooley.
“And honestly, at one point, I was sort of against the idea of doing it.
“They came up with this idea like, ‘What about doing Happy the song from Minions with the jive?’
“My initial thought was, I think Minions were wicked but we might have missed the boat and be two years too late.
“They had a real moment, but that moment might have passed and also that song Happy had a real moment but that moment might have passed a little bit.
“Maybe in five years time it’ll be awesome again.”
Kevin Clifton: Strictly pro addressed his 'turning point' with Stacey Dooley (Image: WENN•INSTAGRAM•STACEYDOOLEY)
Kevin Clifton: Strictly pro was reluctant to perform