Abbey Clancy: I would have rather died than do live 'Strictly' shows

Julia Hunt
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Abbey Clancy and Aljaz Skorjanec rehearse for the Strictly Come Dancing semi-finals at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire.
Abbey Clancy and Aljaz Skorjanec (PA)

Abbey Clancy has confessed that she hated performing live on Strictly Come Dancing and would have “rather died”.

The model and TV star, 35, was one of the celebrity contestants on the 11th series of the BBC ballroom show in 2013.

She went on to win and lift the coveted Glitterball trophy with her professional partner Aljaz Skorjanec, but has now admitted she did not enjoy her turns on the dancefloor at all.

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Clancy also said she “hated” the live tour that followed the series.

Abbey Clancy and Aljaz Skorjanec during a press call for the UK Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2014 starting in Birmingham on Friday at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham.
Abbey Clancy and Aljaz Skorjanec (PA)

Speaking on Frazer T Smith’s 12 Questions podcast, she said she had a lot of fears.

"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," she said.

“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."

Saying that crowds spur some people on, Clancy explained that it didn't work for her.

"As I've got older the fear overtakes my ability to do things well," she said.

Abbey Clancy and Peter Crouch attends The Global Awards, a brand new awards show hosted by Global, the Media & Entertainment group, at London's Eventim Apollo Hammersmith. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 1, 2018. See PA story SHOWBIZ Global. Photo credit should read: Joel Ryan/PA Wire
Abbey Clancy and Peter Crouch (Joel Ryan/PA Wire)

The mother-of-four was on the podcast along with her husband, football star Peter Crouch.

The couple tied the knot in 2011, several years after they started dating, and they have four children together.

They had first daughter Sophia in 2011 and welcomed their second daughter Liberty in 2015.

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Clancy gave birth to the couple’s son Johnny in 2018 and they added a fourth child to their brood – a baby boy named Jack – in 2019.

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