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Strictly’s Stacey Dooley is being groomed for greatness by the Beeb

Strictly's Stacey Dooley is being groomed for greatness by the Beeb

SHE won’t even get to raise the Glitterball trophy, however there’s little question who might be the massive winner of Strictly this yr.

Investigative reporter Stacey Dooley is being groomed by the BBC to be their new golden woman, and managers are doing every thing to advertise their prized asset on their largest present.

Strictly hopeful Stacey Dooley has a glittering future

Certainly, middle-class university-educated Beeb bosses are ­rubbing their arms with glee that a working-class lady, aged simply 31, with BBC in her DNA and an MBE already to her identify, is on their books.

Amid storms over the gender pay hole and too many posh male stars, she is the reply to their prayers.

Luton-born Stacey was raised by mum Di after her dad walked out on the household when she was simply two.

Whereas mentioning Stacey alone, Di labored as a cleaner and in pubs to place meals on the desk.

 Stacey has impressed the judges and Strictly fans, along with her partner Kevin Clifton

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Stacey has impressed the judges and Strictly followers, alongside together with her companion Kevin Clifton

Stacey Dooley and professional Kevin Clifton reveal what they’ve in retailer for Strictly’s semi-final

Stacey snubbed her dad’s try of a reconciliation at the age of 13. He died shortly after.

Recalling household heartache, she has stated: “My father had his demons. Our relationship was difficult and fractured. But I don’t ever think ‘poor me’, I just feel blessed that I had my mother. She was such a great mum.”

Together with her dad gone and her mum always working, Stacey fell in with the incorrect crowd and began courting a drug supplier and shoplifting.

She left faculty at 16 to work in an area hairdresser’s. She later obtained a job at Luton airport promoting fragrance, whereas waitressing on the aspect.

 Stacey and Kevin give it their all at the Strictly dress rehearsals

Stacey and Kevin give it their all at the Strictly gown rehearsals

 Stacey got her shot at stardom in a 2008 documentary about sweatshops in India


Stacey obtained her shot at stardom in a 2008 documentary about sweatshops in India

Her TV break got here aged simply 20 after she responded to an advert for fashion-conscious younger ladies to seem in the 2008 BBC3 documentary Blood, Sweat And T-Shirts.

She travelled to India to witness the baby labour inside sweatshops and couldn’t disguise her feelings from the digital camera.

Impressed by her likeability and presenting expertise, she was given her personal BBC3 present the following yr.

So how have intelligent Strictly execs quietly given this comparatively unknown celeb most publicity to make sure she is a family identify by the finish of the collection?

 Stacey has earned a reputation as a fearless reporter, putting herself in the firing line on a number of occasions


Stacey has earned a status as a fearless reporter, placing herself in the firing line on quite a lot of events

Stacey Dooley meets the males in Northern Eire behind paramilitary-style assaults generally known as ‘kneecappings’

To start with, they’ve paired her with the present’s hottest dancer, Kevin Clifton.

Having just lately cut up from Strictly co-star and professional dance ­companion Karen, he has but to win the collection regardless of competing for 5 years — and devoted followers are ­decided to vary that.

Kevin will probably be attracting simply as many votes as his companion.

Stacey’s boyfriend, private coach Sam Tucknott, 30, has been stored in the background, permitting followers to dream of a potential romance with single Kevin, 36, however nothing as sleazy as a Seann Walsh and Katya Jones-style curse. That may be dangerous for the Dooley model.

 Reporter Stacey attends a parade of Yazidi women fighters in Iraq

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Reporter Stacey attends a parade of Yazidi ladies fighters in Iraq

 Young drug dealers agree to be filmed talking to Stacey in 2017

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Younger drug sellers comply with be filmed speaking to Stacey in 2017

The pair have additionally been given what followers regard as the greatest outfits.

Their Minion jive routine was hilarious, with Stacey charming the household vote and proving she will do humorous and candy.

And through Halloween week, Kevin dressed up as a Cyberman for a Physician Who-themed tango routine, with Stacey enjoying the position of the BBC’s much-hyped and historic first feminine physician Jodie Whittaker. That’s prime billing.

There is additionally a perception that Stacey will get the greatest songs, notably in final weekend’s Musicals Week when the pair danced to West Finish basic I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables, an iconic monitor which Susan Boyle helped raise additional into the mainstream courtesy of her well-known Britain’s Received Expertise audition in 2009.

 Stacey joins the US border force on a mission in 2012


Stacey joins the US border drive on a mission in 2012

Stacey Dooley investigates the horrifying impression of quick style… claimed to be the second-worst business for air pollution

Probably the most controversial facet of the Beeb’s bid to take care of Stacey’s progress is the declare she is being overmarked by the present’s judges.

Social media glows with conspiracy theories following their scores each Saturday night time, with many questioning how Stacey has been awarded comparable factors to Ashley Roberts and Faye Tozer, the two greatest celeb dancers.

Ex-Strictly dancer James Jordan has been notably vocal, claiming final week he might “smell a rat” following some questionable scoring.

On Stacey and Kevin’s Les Mis routine through which Stacey equalled Ashley’s near-perfect 38 marks out of 40, he stated: “Nice job, nice ­manufacturing nice music, general ­sensible and Kevin is ace.

 Bosses have been careful to keep Stacey's fitness instructor boyfriend Sam Tucknott out of the limelight

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Bosses have been cautious to maintain Stacey’s health teacher boyfriend Sam Tucknott out of the limelight

 Suspicions have been raised by some that Stacey is getting the best outfits on Strictly

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Suspicions have been raised by some that Stacey is getting the greatest outfits on Strictly

“I would like it so much more if the producer wasn’t trying so hard to get them to win.”

The earlier week, when Stacey acquired a powerful 39 for her Paso Doble, he stated she “was not as good as the judges are saying” and he believed the award of 33 marks for her salsa in Blackpool was additionally “overmarked”.

Her week 4 foxtrot routine additionally scored 33 marks — eclipsing ex-Pussycat Doll Ashley and dance companion Pasha Kovalev. James ­commented: “They weren’t even in the same league.”

Strictly decide Bruno Tonioli, 63, just lately denied judges have been influenced by bosses throughout the voting course of, however that hasn’t stopped the feeling of favouritism amongst viewers.

 The Beeb favourite has also been accused of being given the best tunes to dance to

The Beeb favorite has additionally been accused of being given the greatest tunes to bop to

Strictly Come Dancing star Stacey Dooley ‘snogs’ Kevin Clifton at the finish of their efficiency

One other tactic used by actuality TV exhibits to advertise expertise from inside their exhibits is elevated airtime.

ITV collection I’m A Movie star . . . Get Me Out Of Right here! is notably good at this, as proved by eventual winners Vicky Pattison and Scarlett Moffatt, who have been afforded a larger share of digital camera time in the Bushtucker ­Telegraph, the place they might converse direct to viewers.

There’s a perception Stacey’s post-dance chats with the judges and exchanges with Claudia Winkleman, 46, are given extra airtime in comparison with her rivals.

And there is little question that Claudia positively gushes over her.

 Kevin and Stacey have been a big hit with viewers, Stacey proving to be funny and sweet

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Kevin and Stacey have been an enormous hit with viewers, Stacey proving to be humorous and candy

Certainly, some viewers have even labelled Claudia as Stacey’s “new publicist”, a title given additional clout by the reality the presenter has turned Stacey’s mum Di into a personality on the present — to the detriment of different contestants.

Summing up the temper, Strictly fan Felix wrote on Twitter: “So massive bit about Stacey’s mum then hardly speaks to Faye and Giovanni, real classy Claudia. #pushingtheBBCsfave”

The intelligent techniques from Strictly bosses appear to be paying off as Stacey is now outright favorite to win the collection forward of social media star Joe Sugg, 27.

 Stacey's early life was tough, as her dad walked out when she was just two


Stacey’s adolescence was robust, as her dad walked out when she was simply two

 A scene from Stacey Dooley: The Young And Homeless

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A scene from Stacey Dooley: The Younger And Homeless

Talks are already underway at the BBC about what huge cash exhibits to supply her in the New Yr.

Stacey made her identify in documentaries, which have been trailed after the Strictly spin-off present on Wednesday, and it is possible she might be stored in that subject, however elevated to BBC1 from her extra acquainted spot on BBC3.

Her presence on the digital solely channel is why mainstream audiences had ­little concept who she was when the 2018 collection’ line-up was revealed.

The Solar’s Government Editor Dan Wootton namechecked Stacey whereas questioning the lack of star names, to which she responded on Twitter: “Next time you write about me, it’s ‘Stacey Dooley MBE’ . . . k?”

 In another tough assignment, Stacey visits drug addicts cooking up the dangerous homemade heroin-alternative Krokodil

In one other robust task, Stacey visits drug addicts cooking up the harmful do-it-yourself heroin-alternative Krokodil

Strictly’s Stacey Dooley reveals she needed to ‘swallow her personal sick’ when she suffered her painful damage

She was given an MBE in June for her providers to broadcasting, having racked up 11 collection of Stacey Dooley Investigates, which has seen her deal with topics together with Muslim extremism in Britain, youngster troopers in the Democratic Republic of Congo and youngster intercourse exploitation in Japan.

Strictly audiences have been laboriously reminded of her braveness beneath hearth, with footage of her sporting flak ­jackets, emoting over stricken youngsters and empathising with human distress.

She additionally launched her first ebook, On The Entrance Line With The Ladies Who Struggle Again, in February.

Regardless of being so beloved by the ­Company, Stacey was ready to deal with the delicate topic of the gender pay hole.

Strictly’s Stacey Dooley exhibits off her toned tum in a sports activities bra earlier than reside present

She stated in January: “Ladies who’re doing the similar work, the similar workload they usually’re as skilled? There is no query everyone ought to be paid equally.

“I champion women who are brave and who speak out. Good for them.”

Good for them, and undoubtedly good for Stacey.

Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman provides a glimpse of the first rehearsals as Katie Piper, Joe Suggs and Stacey Dooley get began

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