Recalling the advice she gave him, she added: “I said, ‘Try your best and put the hours in and don’t take it for granted, because of course, it’s a privilege to be on the show, but just keep it in perspective’ and that’s what I think he did.”

Stacey is currently the host on the Strictly Come Dancing nationwide tour.

The BBC documentary star said BBC Breakfast star Mike had been practising a lot for the gigs, while other contestants are more laidback.

Reflecting on a particular moment, she added: “Mike was in the corner, everyone was sitting down and having a cup of tea on their phones and whatever.



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