Eagle-eyed viewers noticed the ITV show’s schedule on Friday already revealed that the 31-year-old documentary maker and her dance partner Kevin Clifton, 36, would be on the programme chatting with Eammon Holmes and Ruth Langsford on Monday.
Fans were keen to share their concerns on
‘It’s fixed’: Strictly fans have claimed Stacey Dooley’s win was a fix after This Morning pre-scheduled her for a slot on their show next week – the day before she was crowned champion
One fumed: ‘What is the deal with having Stacey & Kevin on This Morning next Monday? Doesn’t that just spoil the fact that they’re going to win! I think this must mean strictly is fixed.’
Another added at the time: ‘So Stacey is on This Morning on Monday … has she already won?’
A third commented: ‘Congrats to Stacey. We all found out yesterday when she got booked for This Morning on Monday but it was still worth the try fellow Suggers. #teamJoanne #strictlyfinal #StrictlyComeDancing2018.’
Planned ahead: Fans noticed the ITV show’s schedule on Friday revealed that the broadcaster, 31, and her dance partner Kevin Clifton, 36, would be on the programme on Monday
While one social media user continued: ‘Strange but interesting THIS morning had announced Stacey Dooley would be on their show on Monday….they must have a crystal ball any chance on a heads up for the lotto numbers #StrictlyComeDancing2018.’
Another wrote: ‘So Stacey and Kevin are booked in for this morning on Monday… I swear to god if they win tomorrow it’s definitely a fix and has already been decided.’
Yet not everyone was so suspicious, with other viewers suggesting it was just the pairs turn to be interviewed on the set, with Joe Sugg and his partner Dianne Buswell chatting to the show earlier this week.
Reaction: Fans were keen to share their concerns on Twitter, with some questioning whether This Morning’s announcement meant the champion was already decided before the live final
One explained: ‘All the people saying it’s rigged just because their precious Joe didn’t win, why can’t you believe Stacey got more votes? I voted for her around 100 times. #strictly #strictlyfinal.’
Another said: ‘Come on y’all don’t be stupid. Stacey and Kev on this morning means nothing like Joe was on it last monday. Chill.’
A spokesperson for Strictly said: ‘There is no fix. Stacey and Kevin were booked on This Morning for Monday whether they won or not.’
Stacey took home the coveted Glitterball Trophy with partner Kevin on Saturday’s Strictly Come Dancing final.
‘No way’: Yet not everyone was so suspicious, with other viewers suggesting it was just the pairs turn to be interviewed on the set
Speaking about her win to hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, Stacey said: ‘I should say something quite poignant, shouldn’t I? You know how highly I think of you. I think you are the biggest gem.
‘It’s no surprise you have been in the final as many times as you have. It’s daunting doing something you haven’t done before. But he’s so patient and he walks you through. You so deserve this. You so deserve this.’
Through his tears Kevin had similarly kind words for Stacey, as he added: ‘Thank you so much. Not just for being so amazing and dancing so well and getting this, but just for being the most wonderful person to work with, to spend every day in training with.
‘You’ve worked so hard, and always with a massive smile on your face. You’re just so lovely, and I think the absolute world of you, thank you so much.’