Abbey Clancy hated performing on Strictly Come Dancing

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Strictly Come Dancing winner Abbey Clancy hated performing her routines during the live shows.

The model and TV personality, who is married to footballer Peter Crouch, and her professional partner Aljaž Škorjanec impressed the judges often with their dance routines throughout the 2013 series, with them scoring the first perfect 40 of that year and being crowned the winners.

However, Abbey has now revealed that she didn't enjoy every element of her time on Strictly and would have "rather died" than perform in front of the studio audience every weekend.

During an appearance on Frazer T Smith's 12 Questions podcast, Abbey and Peter discussed the topic of overcoming fear when she made the Strictly revelation.

"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 admitted. "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. It didn't work for me."

The 35-year-old explained that she gets nervous before most TV appearances, and recalled an interaction with Stevie Wonder on The Jonathan Ross Show in 2008.

"I was on Jonathan Ross and I was sitting next to Stevie, sitting in silence and he said to me, 'Why are you so scared?' He could just feel the energy coming off me," she confessed. "As I've got older, the fear overtakes my ability to do things well."