Stacey Dooley, 31, took to social media yesterday to document life of tour as the 2018 cast hit the road for the Strictly Come Dancing tour.

The Strictly champion, who won last year’s show with professional dance partner Kevin Clifton, gave her 609,000 Instagram followers a sneak peek inside the tour bus.

The documentary filmmaker posted a short video showing her fellow stars taking their seats ahead of the road trip.

Spinning the camera around to reveal Strictly runner-up Joe Sugg and his dance partner Dianne Buswell, plus Dr Ranj, and show choreographer Jason Gilkison.

The 27-year-old social media star and Australian dancer, 29, who made it all the way to the final of the BBC competition, revealed they were a couple when the series ended following weeks of speculation.

The smitten pair, who cuddled up to each other on the bus, are now happy to share love-up snaps documenting their relationship.

Arriving in Birmingham for the first leg of the tour, the gang headed out for dinner before the first rehearsal at Birmingham arena.

Stacey and Joe were joined by fellow finalist Faye Tozer, 43, and contestant Lauren Steadman, 26, as well as professional dancers Graziano Di Prima, 24, Pasha Kovalev, 38, Johannes Radebe, 31 and Nadiya Bychkova, 29.

Noticeable absent from their evening out was Ashley Roberts, 37, and Giovanni Pernice, 28, who skipped dinner after they were pictured heading for rehearsals in Birmingham.

The Italian professional dancer seemingly confirmed their romance on ITV’s Lorraine earlier in the day, revealing he had spent Christmas and New Year with the former Pussycat Doll in Florida.