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Abbey Clancy reveals what she ‘hated’ about Strictly with Aljaz ‘Would have rather died’

Strictly: Abbey Clancy performs quickstep in 2013

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Abbey Clancy, 35, and Aljaz Skorjanec, 31, won the Glitterball trophy back in 2013 following an all-female final with Natalie Gumede, Susanna Reid and Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Reflecting on her Strictly Come Dancing experience, Peter Crouch’s wife has now revealed she “hated” performing live.

In a discussion about overcoming fear alongside her husband, she said she would have “rather died” when it came to the live shows.

She spilled: “When I did Strictly, I loved practising in the rehearsal room, and then when I had to do the live show, I would have rather died, it was that severe.

“We did a live tour in all the big arenas and I hated it.

“I hated the crowd cheering me… it was such a bizarre feeling to me. It didn’t work for me,” she added on Frazer T Smith’s 12 Questions podcast.

Abbey was the first celebrity to dance with new professional at the time Aljaz.

The model previously admitted to feeling sick before every live show, with Express.co.uk.

She said: “[My nerves were] awful, to the point where I thought I was going to be sick.

“It was just my least favourite part if i’m honest, the performance, I was just so scared,” she added.

“I just feel like I don’t like doing things in front of people,” Abbey continued. “I was just shy.”

She went on to say the “hardcore” training was also “mentally challenging”.

But despite her worries, Abbey impressed the judges and viewers with her efforts each week.

“The viewers only see the live performance and a snippet of what goes on but I loved it,” she added.

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Last year, dancer Aljaz opened up about his fears of being axed from the BBC show.

He told Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine: “Our faces may not fit anymore or our bodies will start objecting to the demands we make on them.

“But it’s great while it lasts.”

Aljaz is a part of the professional line-up alongside his wife Janette Manrara, 37.

The pair recently announced they will be returning to the show later this year.

Janette got to her furthest point in the competition last year with popstar HRVY.

In a recent Q&A, she said she would love to dance with Olly Murs, Harry Styles or Roman Kemp.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One later this year.

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