Documentary maker Stacey Dooley has delighted Strictly Come Dancing stars and fans alike by announcing plans to return to the show.
The presenter, 32, revealed on Instagram that she is taking over from 2016 winner Ore Oduba as the host of the show’s live tour.
She wrote on Instagram: “@strictlycomedancinglive 2020. SEE YOU THERE GANG.
“The hostess with the mostess… KINDA… (not really in the home environment, no bread, no loo roll, but DEFO in an arena…) Can’t wait.”
Stacey will be joined by a number of Strictly pros and celebrities as she travels around the country for the 32 live shows.
Her fellow stars rushed to congratulate her in the comments.
Strictly 2019 favourite Alex Scott wrote, “Yasssss” with a fire emoji, while YouTube star Saffron Barker – who is partnered with pro AJ Pritchard in the current series – said, “Gorgeous”.
And Strictly pro Joanne Clifton, sister of Stacey’s boyfriend and former dance partner Kevin Clifton, wrote simply, “Yayyyy” with a string of heart emojis.
Her fans were also delighted, with one writing, “Can’t wait to see you” and another telling her, “YES! I’m defo getting tickets if you’ll be there!”.
This year’s Strictly Come Dancing got up and running earlier this month and continued over the weekend with a Professionals special.
The launch show saw much excitement in the studio as the latest raft of celeb contestants were paired with their pro dancers, but one part of the opener left fans somewhat divided – the pair’s winners’ dance.
As the champs of last year’s series, Stacey and Kevin were reunited on the dance floor to perform a sizzling Paso Doble.
After the smouldering routine, Stacey panted: “I am so exhausted.”
— BBC Strictly ✨ (@bbcstrictly) September 7, 2019
Tess Daley, who presents Strictly alongside co-host Claudia Winkleman, said: “I can imagine you’re exhausted, that’s a tiring routine.”
Stacey laughed, “I’m no good now, I’m old hat” and when asked what advice she had for the new contestants, she added: “Just enjoy it, don’t take it too seriously, put the hours in and just try your best. And you only do Strictly once and then it’s done. Just love it, love it, love it.”
Stacey’s previously admitted she would feel jealous seeing Kevin, who is partnered with former Treasure Hunt host Anneka Rice, dancing with another woman.
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