Secrets of the Strictly final revealed as insiders lift the lid on what really goes on behind-the-scenes

But while the routines for the biggest show of the series are sure to be seamless when Joe Sugg, Faye Tozer, Stacey Dooley and Ashley Roberts take to the stage this weekend, it has been revealed that there's a lot of chaos behind-the-scenes.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, professional dancer AJ Pritchard – who was partnered up with Lauren Steadman until last week – has given an insight into what goes on inside the men's changing room.

The star, 24, revealed: "We get an hour or two before the live show, so we just switch the lights off and lie down in the dark.

"I ended up falling asleep. Giovanni fell asleep. All the pros just fall asleep. We have a group power nap where we’re all out of it.”

He also gave an insight into what hosts Tess Daly and Claudia get up to backstage too.

AJ elaborated: "Tess is always a bit more smart-casual but Claudia, she goes for a big hoodie, nice slippers… basically how we all want to be in a studio.”

He admitted he also sometimes focuses so much on his routines with Lauren that he can forget the group one he's doing with the rest of the professionals.

The star explained: "Between dancing with our partners we’ll suddenly have to do the same thing with our group number.

“Sometimes you’re so focused on the dance with your partner you have forgotten the pro number!”

The BBC dance competition's designer Vicky Gill reveals that the pressure to create fabulous costumes for the performers every Saturday means mistakes can be made.

She explained: "People have been on live with pins still in the hem and things like that.

“And then we’ve clocked it, you know, and the eyes go wild and you think ‘Oh my goodness there are pins in that person’s hem.'”

It comes as Joe Sugg showed off his new bright red hair after keeping his promise to dye his barnet if he made it to the final.

The vlogger, 27, revealed his flaming new locks on It Takes Two and proved that he's a man of his word.

He debuted his bold new look on the spin-off show tonight.

Shocked host Zoe Ball exclaimed: "You did it! You are indeed a man of your word Joe" after the star previously vowed to undergo the dye job if he made the final.


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