Stacey Dooley: Strictly winner finally addresses her low finale scores after Craig comment

Some were shocked to see Stacey Dooley crowned the winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, after failing to impress the judges as much as her rivals Joe Sugg, Ashley Roberts and Faye Tozer. The documentary-maker failed to get a 10 from judge Craig Revel Horwood in the grand finale, despite performing three times with Kevin Clifton. The 31-year-old spoke out about her lower scores on Twitter this week, after a comment from a famous fan. She responded in view of her 247,000 followers after Alesha Dixon messaged her, who starred in the same ballroom programme back in 2007.

Prior to the result being announced, the hitmaker reassured Stacey, saying she had gone on to win despite getting a top score from the panel’s Mr Nasty.

The 40-year-old commented: “Don’t worry @StaceyDooley I don’t think Craig EVER gave me a 10!!! Still a winner #strictlyfinal.”

Stacey later replied: “My girl… I never got a 40, but who wants to be perfect anyway? Merry Christmas darlin.”(sic)

She was soon inundated with comments on the micro-blogging site, with one user branding her “the people’s champ”.

Another agreed: “Obviously the NATION thought you were PERFECT, and quite frankly MY DEAR, it was what the NATION thought that counted!”

Two further users added: “Should have got one for your Paso Doble,” and: “I loved that, in the end it’s what the public think.”

Meanwhile, Alesha later got back to one fan who pointed out she had got her facts slightly wrong.

“He did give you a 10 Alesha for your Waltz in the Final,” they said. “You never got a 40 though. You’re the best ever WINNER still IMO.

“You were so amazing, lovely, bubbly, had natural dance talent, musicality, rhythm, personality, humble, charisma, likeable etc x.”(sic)

The Britain’s Got Talent star added: “Oh! Thanks for clearing that up! In a way I love that I never got a perfect score! Motto for life! Perfectly imperfect!”

Unlike Stacey, both Faye and Ashley got more than one set of perfect scores in the last instalment.

She did come close in with her Foxtrot and Paso Doble, but was lacking that one extra point from Craig.

He told her of the former: “I thought it was absolutely gorgeous,” before giving her a nine.

And later on, stated: “It was powerful and driven. Really, really good,” before awarding a second nine of the evening.

The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special airs December 25 at 5.30pm on BBC One.