Last year’s edition of Strictly Come Dancing saw a tight competition between the stars but ultimately it was Joe McFadden who proved to be triumphant.
Now, Joe, 42, has revealed just how strenuous it became for him towards the end.
Today saw the current reigning champion appear on Loose Women where he discussed his time on the BBC show.
The actor divulged that he was “surprised” to take home the Glitterball trophy and didn’t expect to win.
He said: “By that point you’re just exhausted, you’ve been dancing non-stop for 15 weeks, up at the crack of dawn every day, training every single day and winning is not sort of on the table at all.
“You’re just thinking, ‘thank God I’m going to get some sleep at some point, I’m not going to be injured and hurting’.”
Conversation then turned to the famous trophy as Jane Moore asked if Joe gets to keep the gong.
“The big one with everyone’s name on it, that gets passed on to the next people. But you get a little one,” he confirmed.
Jane asked: “So where is it?”
“It’s next to my Pointless Celebrities trophy,” he spilled.
Joe did not appear at the launch show even though tradition had seen the previous year’s winner returning to perform in the first live instalment.
He explained how the occasion had clashed with a wedding he was attending, saying: “I was at my friend’s wedding in Glasgow, and actually Nigella [Lawson] was there that night.
“Richard Madden was there, he was doing a reading and I was singing.
“I was at a wedding – don’t believe what you read in the papers.”
It’s still earlier days for this year’s competitors but already some stars are emerging as clear favourites.
Stacey Dooley made an impressive debut at the weekend as she scored 24 points and is currently bookmakers William Hill’s favourite to win.
Her odds currently stand at 9/2, however she’s closely followed by Joe Sugg at 5/1 after he wowed crowds with his Jive.
“Joe Sugg was a complete unknown quantity, but there is no doubt now that he is a contender,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.
“We expect his many followers to vote hard and he could be very difficult to beat.”
Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 6.30pm on BBC One.