Strictly Come Dancing: Stacey Dooley needs Kevin Clifton for support body language shows



Stacey Dooley is Strictly Come Dancing 2018’s fan favourite and wowed audiences with her Quickstep last week with professional partner Kevin Clifton.

However, when the pair performed a Cha Cha Cha on last night’s live show, the response was less exuberant, with judges Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel-Horwood giving very mixed responses to the performance.

Kevin came to Stacey’s aid amid criticism and praised his partner as “sensational”.

Body language expert Judi James has revealed exclusively to last night’s episode of Strictly suggests it’s now Kevin’s role to boost her confidence.

“Poor Stacey! Her scoring last week clearly didn’t damage her energy and obvious determination, but it does seem to have knocked her confidence,” Judi told

“There were several signs tonight it is now Kevin’s job to bolster her up and at one point he almost seemed to tell her off for being down after the routine.”

Stacey went against standard Strictly practice by looking disappointed after the dance and is clearly highly critical of herself.

“The unspoken rule on Strictly is you act as though you’ve just won the Lottery even if your dance was what Craig would call a total ‘Disaaaaaster’ but Stacey showed her disappointment from the moment they finished,” said Judi.

“Her eyes barely left the floor as she and Kevin walked across to the judges’ table and she even let out a little groan.

“As they walked away she was smacking her forehead in frustration and she looks easily as though she might be her own worst enemy in terms of self-critical thinking.”

Stacey will need Kevin to persuade her of her talent from now on as she was clearly upset by her low scores.

“She threw her head onto Kevin’s shoulder but he seemed to tell her off, insisting she’d done well but I imagine he’ll be busy working on her inner confidence as well as her dance steps for next week,” explained Judi.

“The judges described Stacey as a ‘free spirit’ and that came across in her Cha-cha-cha, which was full of attitude and combined the kind of energy and spirit you’d normally get on a hen night with what looked like some great technical work.

“The low scores clearly hurt her badly though and you could see each one impacting on her body language.

“She sucked her lips in, which is an expression of pain and regret and her face dropped with each four, five and even six.

“The judges stressed how much potential she has but I’d guess Kevin has his work cut out persuading her how good she actually could be.”

After Stacey and Kevin’s dance, head judge Shirley Ballas gave some encouraging words.

She said: “Well what’s abundantly clear is you’ve got so much talent. I’m excited, because in the weeks to come you’re going to keep improving.”

But Craig Revel-Horwood was less than impressed by the opening. He admitted: “I thought it was a little bit stiff actually.

“Upper body was unruly, you need to calm that down and find a placement for it.”

In response to the criticism, Kevin was keen to praise his co-star for her efforts. “I thought you were sensational actually,” Kevin said.

Stacey and Kevin performed a Cha Cha Cha to Came Here For Love by Sigala feat. Ella Eyre.

The pair received a respectable 20 points – considering the competition is only in week two – but found themselves only sixth on the leaderboard.


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