Strictly Stacey Dooley breaks silence over Kevin Clifton being REPLACED



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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Stacey Dooley attends the launch of the red carpet to "come strictly the 2018 dance" in Old Broadcast House on August 27, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang / WireImage)Stacey Dooley started on Kevin Clifton and was substituted [Karwai Tang/WireImage]

Stacey Dooley issued a statement after news that her professional partner of Strictly Come Dancing, Kevin Clifton, will be replaced.

The 31-year-old dancer will dance with Aljaz Skorjanec, 28, on the 2019 Strictly tour.

His current pro, Kevin, 36, is having to stay out of the national tour due to other work commitments.

Strictly Come Dancing 2018 - TX: 08/09/2018 - Episode: n / a (No. 1) - Image Display: ** EMBARGOED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 *** Stacey Dooley, Kevin Clifton - (C) BBC - Photographer: Ray BurmistonStacey is currently competing in Strictly Come Dancing with Kevin Clifton [BBC/Ray Burmiston]

In a statement, Stacey said: "I will miss Kev, but I look forward to putting Aljaz in his footsteps.

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"I'm really enjoying this experience. I know people always say that, but it's true.

"Being able to go on tour and perform for fans across the UK is an honor. I'm so excited, "she concluded.

Stacey will dance with Aljaz Skorjanec on the Strictly Come Dancing tourStacey will dance with Aljaz Skorjanec on the Strictly Come Dancing tour [Mike Marsland/WireImage]

Strictly Come Dancing 2018 - TX: 08/09/2018 - Episode: n / a (No. 1) - Image Display: ** * EMBARGOED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 *** Aljaž Skorjanec, Kate Silverton - (C) BBC - Photographer: Ray BurmistonAljaz performed with Kate Silverton in the current series [BBC/Ray Burmiston]

Aljaz's wife, Janette Manrara, will also star in the tour, again dancing with Dr. Ranj Singh.

It has also been confirmed that Joe Sugg and his professional partner Diane Buswell will join them on the arena tour, with more names still to be announced.

Ore Oduba will host the tour with panel jurors Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli also present on the live dates.

Strictly Come Dancing 2018 - TX: 08/09/2018 - Episode: n / a (No. 1) - Picture Shows: ** * EMBARGOED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 4, 2018 *** Stacey Dooley - (C) BBC - Photographer: Ray BurmistonStacey will dance the Foxtrot with Kevin this weekend [BBC/Ray Burmiston]

Strictly Come Dancing: The Live Tour will be released in Birmingham on Friday, January 18th.



Then travel to Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Glasgow, Nottingham and Wembley.

The tour will be completed with four shows at The O2 in London with matinee and night performances on 9 and 10 February.


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