Strictly Come Dancing champion Stacey Dooley slams diva claims but admits she feared low scores would ‘ruin h – The Sun

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Strictly Come Dancing champion Stacey Dooley slams diva claims but admits she feared low scores would ‘ruin h – The Sun

STRICTLY champion Stacey Dooley has denied being a diva — but admitted she feared the show’s judges had ruined her chances of winning.

Stacey, 31, has been dogged by reports about her backstage antics.

 Stacey Dooley has slammed claims she's a diva but admitted she thought the judges had ruined her chances of winning
Stacey Dooley has slammed claims she’s a diva but admitted she thought the judges had ruined her chances of winning

Insiders claimed the BBC3 documentary maker had become difficult to work with. In one incident last week ordering Strictly staff to buy her a new outfit after she arrived at an 8am radio interview.

Stacey, who was paired with pro dancer Kevin Clifton, 36, insisted she had no idea what sparked the claims. She instead wanted to “celebrate Kevin and I’s night.”

But she revealed she thought her Glitterball Trophy chances were shot after the judges’ scores put her last.

She got 114 points for her three dances while Faye Tozer, 43, and Ashley Roberts, 37, both had perfect scores of 120 and Joe Sugg, 27, got 116.

 Stacey's dance partner Kevin Clifton broke down in tears after it was announced they had won the Glitterball Trophy
Stacey’s dance partner Kevin Clifton broke down in tears after it was announced they had won the Glitterball Trophy
 Stacey came in last in the judges final scores, but they were only meant as 'guidance'
Stacey came in last in the judges final scores, but they were only meant as ‘guidance’

However the public vote decided her the winner – to Stacey’s shock.

She said: “I wasn’t really entertaining the thought of winning. I didn’t think it was possible. It just shows that people at home are enjoying what we’re trying to do.

“You have to put the extra hours in if you’re not up to scratch with everyone else.”

 The documentary maker says she 'didn’t think it was possible' that she would win after doing poorly in the judges scores

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The documentary maker says she ‘didn’t think it was possible’ that she would win after doing poorly in the judges scores
Emotional Kevin Clifton cries tears of joy as he picks up the Strictly Come Dancing glitter trophy together with partner Stacey Dooley

Kevin, who earlier this year divorced Karen Clifton, 36, another show pro, said of the win: “We didn’t think we had a chance.”

He said: “After a slightly tough year I’ve had such a good time. I’ve loved Strictly. Stace has been a joy from day one.”

Meanwhile, Stacey, who arrived home in Brighton yesterday with boyfriend Sam Tucknott, 30, has been tipped to host The One Show when Alex Jones, 41, takes maternity leave next year.

 Stacey and boyfriend Sam Tucknott returned home yesterday after her win

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Stacey and boyfriend Sam Tucknott returned home yesterday after her win
 Stacey and Kevin lifting their trophy
Stacey and Kevin lifting their trophy

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She said: “I haven’t had that conversation.

“Alex is a good pal I’m delighted for her with her news.”

A peak of 12.7million watched the final, the highest this series on the BBC1 show.

 The Strictly champion is rumoured to have exciting things ahead of her as she has been tipped to land primetime TV shows
The Strictly champion is rumoured to have exciting things ahead of her as she has been tipped to land primetime TV shows
Stacey Dooley’s boyfriend supports her as she and Kevin Clifton gush about each other



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