Vernon Kay’s unexpected reason he dreads watching Strictly every week

His wife is host of one of the biggest shows on television but Tess Daly's presenter husband Vernon Kay has revealed that he watches Strictly Come Dancing with a sense of dread every week.

While Tess, 53, may be renowned for her glamour on the show Vernon, 48, who has presented shows including Family Fortunes, Just the Two of Us and Splash, says that her style actually fills him with dread.

“The only appointment-to-view for me is Strictly,” he says. “[Each week] I dread Tess tripping up when she comes around the corner on the stage. I make sure I’m watching after the titles, when Tess says hello and welcome to Strictly, and Claudia says something. I just want to make sure that she’s done the opening link without tripping on her beautiful gown.”

Tess' stylish turns on Strictly are unsurprising given that she started her career as a model. She was scouted outside of a McDonald’s restaurant and just six weeks after turning 18, she took on her first modelling job in Tokyo.

Vernon was also a model and in December 2020 he shared a throwback to the day he was scouted 22 years earlier writing: “#TB 22yrs since my life changed forever @ the clothes show live!! @jameslnoel spotted me for @selectmodellondon on a cold December Friday in Birmingham!

“The following Friday I moved down to London for good……it all snowballed from there!! I’m so grateful for this moment, I think I’ve still got that @jigsaw top!!,” followed by two laughing face emojis.

While Vernon might fear for his wife's safety in her glamourous flowing outfits on Strictly, viewers are generally in awe of them and she receives plenty of positive feedback on social media about her gorgeous gowns.

However back in 2017 fans were not enamoured of a hot pink Alexander McQueen dress with a cape detail that she sported.

Commenting on social media, one viewer wrote: “Not sure about the cape!” while another begged: “No! Please no more capes.”

One Strictly viewer even likened her to a superhero, sharing: “Was it superhero day on #strictly today? Just wondering why Tess was in a cape….”

And just last week fashion watchers were baffled by her decision to wear a figure-hugging Barbie pink midi number with what appeared to be either knee or thigh high black boots.

After noticing the the bizarre ensemble fans were quick to take to social media, with one viewer posting a picture of a highlighter, which they captioned: "Get the Tess Daley look."

Another argued: "Gorgeous dress Tess but it looks like you've slipped those boots on because you've remembered the bin needs putting out."

These style missteps are few and far between though.

Vernon and Tess have been together for just over two decades. However, their relationship hasn’t been without its struggles, with claims Vernon had been messaging model Rhian Sugden in 2010 and 2016. Despite this, in 2020, ahead of his stint on I’m A Celebrity Vernon said that they had "moved on" from the scandal.

If there was any doubt that they had put it behind them in March 2021 Tess described Vernon as "her soulmate".


The couple share two daughters Phoebe, 17, and Amber, 12, who mainly stay out of the spotlight but they do occasionally share updates about them.

In April this year they enjoyed a family holiday in France posting beautiful pictures of the sun soaked getaway.

Alongside the stunning images Tess wrote: “So grateful for a few family days away in one of my favourite places, for a little mini-break. France you will always have a place in my heart.”

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