Stacey Doo­ley

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How has your strictly jour­ney been so far? it’s a to­tal de­par­ture for me and so much fun! my work is nor­mally quite in­tense and se­ri­ous but

Strictly is com­plete es­capism and the most in­cred­i­ble thing i’ve ever done – but so fright­en­ing.

which dances have stood out for you? the Min­ions jive was our thing and the Doc­tor Who tango was nice be­cause we were play­ing with the fact that Jodie Whit­taker is the first fe­male Doc­tor and it was ex­cit­ing be­cause i was in charge so i could say, ‘Kev, lis­ten to what i am say­ing!’ But with the cha-cha, i knew it wasn’t my thing. When Craig gave it a score of four and said, ‘i didn’t like any­thing about it,’ i thought, ‘You’re a grown woman, don’t cry.’

what are the best things about hav­ing Kevin clifton as your pro­fes­sional dance part­ner?

He’s sup­port­ive and so in­vested and such a gent! He is the big­gest sweet­heart. i feel lucky to have him.

Has be­ing a fron­trun­ner made you think about the prospect of the glit­ter­ball tro­phy?

You let your­self imag­ine it but i’ve got to say, and this is so cheesy, i am just hav­ing the most in­cred­i­ble time. What­ever hap­pens i have made a pal in Kevin.

of the other strictly con­tes­tants, who are you good friends with?

Joe Sugg is my boy, my bro, but you have got this gang, this odd fam­ily, and you are all in it to­gether with a sense of ca­ma­raderie.

this week you are also pre­sent­ing the

BBC1 doc­u­men­tary stacey doo­ley: the young and Home­less for chil­dren in need [tues­day, times vary]. tell us about that…

We share sto­ries from some in­cred­i­ble teenagers strug­gling to find a safe place to live. i am so grate­ful to all of the brave young peo­ple in­volved and hope that their hon­esty will go on to start a re­ally im­por­tant

con­ver­sa­tion about to­day’s home­less young peo­ple.

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