Abbey Clancy didn't want to do Strictly Come Dancing

Abbey Clancy (Strictly Come Dancing 2013)

Strictly Come Dancing champion Abbey Clancy has revealed she never wanted to take part in the show.

The model won last year's series but had only agreed after being persuaded by her manager who had already signed up on her behalf.

"I didn’t even want to do Strictly. I actually thought it was the worst idea ever," Abbey recalled this week ahead of the live tour "I couldn’t think of anything worse than learning to dance on TV but my manager said yes before even telling me. Then he kept pestering me on holiday trying to persuade me to agree.

“I spoke to Lisa Snowdon and Harry Judd who had both done it before and they both told me to do it as it was fabulous.

“In the end I thought ‘I’ve not worked that much in the last two years since having the baby’ so I backed down."

Tonight we'll see Abbey performing live at the National Television Awards alongside Strictly judges Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli.

“After the dance with Ant and Dec and Brucie went down such a storm, it seemed daft not to do something like that again," a source teased. “Abbey loved her time on Strictly and is still on the show tour so is hot to trot.

“And Bruno and Craig are always up for a laugh so they didn’t need much persuading.”

The NTAs air this evening at 7:30PM, live on ITV.

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