STRICTLY Come Dancing viewers were confused last night after a TV special about the relationships between professionals and their celebrity partners ignored the romance between Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton.
The whole episode of Strictly: The Professionals was devoted to detailing the chemistry between the various pairs who have been put together over the years, but the love story that developed between last year’s champs Stacey, 32, and Kevin, 36, wasn’t even mentioned.
Stacey and Kevin won the last series of the show[/caption]
The snub was even stranger given that the show highlighted the romances between Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez, who recently had a daugher, Mia, together, as well as Dianne Buswell and Joe Sugg and Giovanni Pernice and Ashley Roberts.
But while the show might be trying to erase history, viewers certainly didn’t miss a trick and took to twitter to call out the omission.
The pair’s romance was not acknowledged in last night’s special[/caption]
One posted: “Nobody mentioning Stacey and Kevin in the show romances, then #strictly”
Replied another: “Almost like that wasn’t part of last year’s script for the public…”
A third said: “I don’t get that either, why weren’t Kevin & Stacey featured in the Strictly couples parts.”
A fourth wrote: “Kevin and Stacey missed out of the relationship bit then loooooool #strictly”
And a fifth pointed out: “Is it the bosses that don’t like them or the dancers?? #strictly”
The dymanic between Stacey and Kevin wasn’t totally ignored, however. The special did let viewers in on a behind the scenes secret as Kevin revealed that he made a bee-line for Stacey during the show’s secret ‘Chemistry circle’
Before the celebrities and professionals are paired up for the start of each series, they perform a sexy salsa in a circle, constantly swapping partners, as producers decide who will look good together.
But since so many pairs have also ended up in bed, some of the pros also refer to it as The Speed Dating Circle.
Kevin revealed in the special that, during last year’s Chemistry Circle, he had his eye on Stacey but almost lost her to rival male dancer AJ Pritchard.
In the one-off episode, Kevin revealed that AJ tried to ‘steal’ Stacey[/caption]
Kevin was previously married to Karen Hauer[/caption]
Kevin said: “Last year with Stacey in the salsa circle I was going for it — bang, bang, bang — overdoing it.
“And then at one point we were on a coffee break and AJ interrupted us in the middle of us talking and took her away, because he wanted to get to know and see what she was about. I was like, ‘It’s not Love Island, mate!’ ”
And in last week’s launch show, Stacey and Kevin returned to perform and in the VT that introduced their performance, Kevin joked that they were having a “lovers’ tiff“.
Kevin and Stacey’s romance was first reported in April 2019.
Stacey was dating her ex-boyfriend Sam Tucknott, who supported her during her stint on Strictly, for five years.
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Shortly after they broke up it was revealed she had began dating Kevin.
Kevin was previously married to fellow Strictly pro Karen Hauer.
Karen broke her silence on her ex-husband’s romance with the filmmaker for the first time in August, 2019.
Speaking to FUBAR Radio about her ex’s new squeeze, she said: “I don’t really know anything about that.
“When we go in [to rehearsals] we’re literally going crazy with all the routines. But you know what he looks extremely happy, so I’m happy that he’s happy.”
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