Strictly's Kristina Rihanoff backs Joe Sugg to win because he's less 'entitled' than Ashley Roberts and Faye Tozer
15th December 2018

The vlogger, 27, has won over the hearts of Strictly fans to reach the final four despite starting out relatively unknown to the BBC audience.

His eight million YouTube subscribers have been plotting how to crown Joe king of the ballroom by using a voting loophole.

But Kristina, 41, thinks he deserves to win regardless after transforming into an incredible dancer without any previous training.

In an exclusive interview with The Sun Online, Kristina said: "I didn't know Joe Sugg at all before the series started so I didn't really think much of his booking on the show.

"But Joe won me over completely. He surrendered himself to the show.

"Week in and week out he has grown so much and he is so relatable.

"He is humble guy and doesn't think he's entitled to anything.

"He has had to work extra hard to get the viewers on his side because he's not known to Strictly fans or BBC viewers in general.

"He has fully embraced it all, but not taken himself too seriously.

"Some people from other professions like actors or presenters, they find it harder to let go."

Joe's main aim was to reach Blackpool to make his former professional dancer nan "proud".

But he has gone above and beyond any of his expectations by reaching the final weekend of the show.

He must now go up against Faye, Ashley and popular documentary-maker Stacey Dooley.

Kristina says a big part of his success is down to his relationship with professional Dianne Buswell.

The pair have fuelled rumours of a romance, but Joe has always kept tight-lipped about their life off the dance floor.

Kristina – who is starring in her first ever pantomime as Tinker Bell at St Helens Theatre Royal until January 13 – spent eight years as a professional dancer on Strictly.

She said: "You can't fool the audience. If you don't have that asset as a team, you can pretend all you want, but people will see through it.

"They trust each other and he wants to do really well for her.

"I am chuffed he is in the final, I think he's the real deal. I think he should win. He is the last man standing and has proved his dedication to the show.

"I'm not going to say it's unfair for Ashley or Fay to be in the final because I think the right four were in the final."

She is now calling on Strictly bosses to ban judges from giving celebrities scores on the final.

Kristina thinks show bosses should stop the result being influenced by anyone other than the viewers.

She added: "I've been there, I've missed out on winning the show before perhaps because there were people who were more trained.

"That's the nature of the beast.

There's always allegations that the show is fixed one way or the other."

  • See Kristina as Tinker Bell at St Helens Theatre Royal until January 13.

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