Stacey Dooley praises Kevin Cliftons persistence after being rejected from Strictly Come Dancing twice

Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton

Stacey Dooley gushed about Kevin Cliftons commitment (Picture: Rex/BBC)

Stacey Dooley has publicly praised her other half Kevin Clifton for his determination to get on Strictly Come Dancing.

Her applause comes after the professional dancer revealed how he made two attempts to get onto the BBC talent show before bosses finally caved and hired him for a trailer, where he dressed in a Morphsuit to jive with the other stars.

Speaking to Aljaž Škorjanec about his turmoil about being rejected from the series time and time again, Kevin began on The Professionals: I applied with Karen [Clifton]. She got the job, I didnt.

I had long, black hair, eyeliner, black fingernails. Dont think that Im your average ballroom dancer, guys!

They said, “Yeah, wed love to take Karen but not that guy. We have no need for this gothic scarecrow who thinks hes the rock star of the ballroom.”

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Kevin continued: Next year, you and Janette [Manrara] both got the job, I got told “no” again. I got turned down twice and then they went to film the trailer for the show that year.

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Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton

Kevin and Stacey won Strictly last year (Picture: BBC)

The idea for the trailer was that all these Strictly stars would be with an invisible partner. Who is it gonna be? That invisible partner was me.

I just wanted a job.

Stacey gushed about her boyfriends commitment in the comments of the video, which was posted on Instagram, and wrote: Its this level of persistence and hard work that makes you one of the most successful pros in Strictly history I guess????

Proud girlfriend alert!

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Stacey and Kevin won last years Strictly, beating the likes of Ashley Roberts, Joe Sugg and Faye Tozer to the series 16 glitterball.

The couple confirmed their romance shortly after their victory, with Stacey giving a rare insight to their amazing relationship back in July.

Kev and I have agreed not to go into too much detail about our private lives because you cant really indulge that and then ask for privacy, she told the Guardian.

Thats why weve turned down interviews that have offered us tens of thousands of pounds. What I am happy to say is Kevs amazing, Im happy, life happens, Ive got an amazing career and Im very lucky.

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