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Strictly Come Dancing: Kevin Clifton 'reveals AJ Pritchard tried to STEAL Stacey Dooley as a dance partner during the 'secret speed dating round''

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 6 days ago Laura Fox For Mailonline

Getty © Getty Getty Strictly Come Dancing pro Kevin Clifton has revealed that AJ Pritchard tried to steal broadcaster Stacey Dooley during the show's secret 'speed-dating round.'

According to The Sun, the British dancer makes the surprise revelations in a one-off special set to air on Saturday, which offers an inside look at the stories of some of the show's biggest professional dancers.  

Kevin was crowned the winner of Strictly last year with broadcaster Stacey, and it was revealed in April that the couple were in a relationship.

Kevin Clifton in a black dress: Surprising: Strictly Come Dancing pro Kevin Clifton has revealed that AJ Pritchard tried to steal broadcaster Stacey Dooley during the show's secret 'speed-dating round' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Surprising: Strictly Come Dancing pro Kevin Clifton has revealed that AJ Pritchard tried to steal broadcaster Stacey Dooley during the show's secret 'speed-dating round'

In the show Kevin explains that Stacey could very well have been partnered with another pro, after the stars took part in the speed dance which sees them briefly dance with each celebrity and pro before they are officially paired up.

He says: '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!'''

a person standing posing for the camera: She's mine: In a BBC special about the professional dancers, Kevin reveals AJ tried to steal Stacey away as they met the celebrities before being paired up last year © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited She's mine: In a BBC special about the professional dancers, Kevin reveals AJ tried to steal Stacey away as they met the celebrities before being paired up last year

Of course Kevin was eventually paired up with Stacey, and the pair wowed viewers before being crowned champions last December.

It was then revealed in April that the pair were dating, after Stacey split from her boyfriend Sam Tucknott.

This year Kevin has been partnered with veteran presenter with Anneka Rice, and the British dancer has insisted he's impressed with her moves, despite recent claims he was 'fuming' to be partnered with her.

a person standing on a stage: United: After being crowned champion with Stacey last year, Kevin has been paired with veteran presenter Anneka Rice for this series © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited United: After being crowned champion with Stacey last year, Kevin has been paired with veteran presenter Anneka Rice for this series

An insider told The Sun: 'He calls himself King Kevin and wanted to make Strictly history by winning back to back titles.

'But although Anneka is willing, her age and agility means he won't be able to throw her around like he did previous partners.'

It was claimed Kevin wanted to be partnered up with actress Catherine Tyldesley, 35, or football pundit Alex Scott, 34, for a chance at winning the series. 

It had also been alleged that Kevin was that his partnership was 'payback' for his romance with Stacey.

Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals airs on Saturday at 7pm on BBC One.

Gallery: The most memorable 'Strictly Come Dancing' moments (StarsInsider)

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