Strictly’s Kelvin Fletcher reveals how he feels about being the nation’s new sex symbol

The Emmerdale star is surprisingly bashful about his newfound popularity following his saucy samba

Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse

He joined Strictly Come Dancing two weeks late, filling in after Jamie Laing knocked himself out the competition, but Kelvin Fletcher has earmarked himself as a firm favourite to go all the way to the final.

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His saucy samba with pro partner Oti Mabuse in week one saw him soar to the top of the leaderboard, with an impressive 32 points.

While his week two waltz didn’t hit the same lofty heights, Fletcher is still a fan favourite – but he’s coy when quizzed about his newfound sex symbol status.

“Oh I don’t know about that!” he laughed when speaking exclusively to RadioTimes.com. “It is amazing, and I wasn’t expecting it at all.

“When I saw the reaction, I know we’d done well, and then we got some great comments. It was a crazy few days.”

Kelvin Fletcher Strictly (BBC)

Fletcher added that he felt the pressure was on to match the high standard he set for himself over the next few weeks.

“I’m trying not to compare things to last week, but it’s a great experience,” he said.

Mabuse added, “So what happened before was amazing, but you come back on a Monday with a new mindset, new routine, so you have to keep pushing.”

With Fletcher’s snake hips and desire to go all the way, some Strictly fans have compared him to 2016 celeb Danny Mac – who partnered Mabuse all the way to the final that same year.

“Oh my word!” Mabuse said of the comparison. “Everyone is really different, Danny is his own person, and so is Kelvin. I’m enjoying this experience, whoever it is with, but I will definitely enjoy it. I love dancing with Danny, and I love dancing with Kelvin.”

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