Strictly dancer Kevin Clifton recalls AJ Pritchard trying to steal partner Stacey Dooley

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11:  AJ Pritchard (L) and Kevin Clifton attend the press night after party for "Matthew Bourne's Romeo And Juliet" at Sadler's Wells Theatre on August 11, 2019 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

StrictlyCome Dancing professionals worry about which celebrity from the line-up they're going to be paired with every series. Often, they have their eye on someone in particular - someone who suits their height, perhaps, or seems like they could go all the way to the final?

But the uneasiness grows even stronger when two dancers on the show want the same partner; which is exactly what happened to Kevin Clifton when AJ Pritchard tried to nab Stacey Dooley for himself during the show's compatibility trials in 2018.

"Last year with Stacey in the salsa circle, I was going for it... overdoing it," Clifton recalls during a one-off special set to air on Saturday 14 September.

"At one point, we were on a coffee break and AJ interrupted us in the middle of us talking and took her away. He wanted to get to know her and see what she was about.

"I was like, "It's not Love Island, mate," Clifton adds, according to The Sun.

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Stacey Dooley attending the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Stacey Dooley attending the Only Fools and Horses the Musical opening night at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Tuesday February 19, 2019. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Claudia Winkleman (left), Stacey Dooley, and Tess Daly (right) with the award for best Talent Show in the Press Room at the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
File photo dated 14/05/17 of Strictly Come Dancing winner Stacey Dooley who has said has said that Strictly Come Dancing offered a welcome escape from the pressures of her job.
Stacey Dooley and Aljaz Skorjanec attend the photocall for the 'Strictly Come Dancing' live tour at Arena Birmingham on 17 January 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Thursday 17 January, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Stacey Dooley (centre) and Aljaz Skorjanec perform during a photocall before the opening night of the Strictly Come Dancing Tour 2019 at the Arena Birmingham.
Strictly Come Dancing finalists Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton leave BBC Broadcasting House in London after appearing on the Chris Evans radio show.
Strictly Come Dancing star Stacey Dooley arrives at Blackpool Tower Ballroom for rehearsals ahead of Saturday evening's show.
Stacey Dooley arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Stacey Dooley in the winners photo area at the Virgin British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA) held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/ EMPICS Entertainment

Fortunately, Clifton ended up being partnered with presenter Dooley and going on to win the series, beating runners-up Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell, Faye Tozer and Giovanni Pernice, and Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev.

Pritchard was ultimately paired with paralympic swimmer Lauren Steadman and was eliminated during Week 11.

But the result of the competition isn't the only thing that might have turned out differently if Pritchard had managed to woo Dooley away, as she and Clifton are currently dating.

The couple announced that they were in a relationship after Dooley confirmed that she'd split from long-term boyfriend Sam Tucknott during her time on the contest.

Ahead of Strictly's 2019 series, it's been announced that Clifton will be dancing with media personality Anneka Rice and Pritchard is paired up with YouTuber Saffron Barker.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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