Stacey Dooley, 33, has mistakenly let slip that Neil Jones, 37, told Kevin Clifton, 37, she had signed up for Strictly Come Dancing before the BBC had officially announced the show’s 2018 line-up. The documentary filmmaker was then accused of landing the professional dancer “in trouble” by her boyfriend Kevin when they reflected on the situation in the latest instalment of his podcast.
Stacey got onto the subject when her beau recalled his impatience to find out which celebrities were going to be taking part in the series during The Kevin Clifton Show.
Kevin revealed: “I’m going to rehearsals in August and we’re all going, ‘Come on, just tell me who had tryouts!’
“And we’re not really supposed to say but then I caught wind that you’d been tried out.”
Stacey then chimed: “Yeah because Neil told you.”
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After realising his girlfriend had spilled his and Neil’s secret, Kevin quipped: “Yeah, you’ve probably got him in trouble now, but anyway!”
Regretting her mishap, Stacey sheepishly backtracked by saying: “Oh shhh… no, I don’t know if it was Neil.”(sic)
While the presenter giggled, Kevin added: “No, it must have been someone else!
“Anyway, I’d caught wind that you had a tryout and I was a big fan of you and your documentaries.”
The star, who recently quit Strictly, went on to admit he had got in contact with Stacey via Twitter before they were paired up for the dance competition.
Kevin continued: “For the last couple of years I’d tweeted you a couple of times going, ‘I really enjoyed that documentary’.
“And you were like, ‘Oh cheers Kev’. Well I don’t know whether it was you or someone within your social media [team], but it was exciting for me.”
“We’ll never know,” Stacey jokingly remarked.
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Stacey and Kevin won Strictly’s coveted Glitterball trophy after they became dance partners and went on to start dating a year later in 2019.
Neil first appeared on the BBC show in 2016 as a professional dancer and was partnered up with a celebrity, Alex Scott, for the first time last year.
The duo previously opened up about rumours surrounding their partnership following Neil’s split with his estranged wife Katya Jones.
Neil told Hello! Magazine: “There’s nothing on our minds but the show – we don’t have time to think about anything else. I’m single but I haven’t even thought about dating.
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“Coming out of a long-term relationship I’m just focusing on Strictly.”
Former Arsenal footballer Alex added in an interview with Stella magazine: “Straight away we had a connection and people could see there was a chemistry between us.
“But I’m single. I came out of a long-term relationship just before I went on Strictly.”
She continued: “Neil has just come out of a marriage, which I think is where the rumours came from. But we’re just friends. Nothing more than that.”
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