Saffron Barker: Strictly star’s behind-the-scenes move to stop clothing disaster revealed

Strictly Come Dancing 2019 costume designer Vicky Gill said she chose to change Saffron Barker’s knicker choice at the last minute to ensure a potential wardrobe mishap didn’t occur on the live show. Last weekend, Saffron performed an energetic Salsa to Instruction by Jax Jones which included a series of twists and turns.

I had to make the decision

Vicky Gill

The YouTube star wore a glitzy silver dress with noticeable black knickers underneath, while AJ Pritchard opted for a metallic shirt and trousers.

Speaking on Strictly: It Takes Two, presenter Zoe Ball queried why Saffron went from her original plan of wearing sparkly knickers to black ones.

Zoe said: “Last week we were talking about sparkly gussets on the show, Saturday night we all tune in and big black pants.

“What happened to the sparkly gusset?”

Vicky explained: “To be honest, nothing drastic, we had lots of lovely young faces in our dress rehearsal on Saturday.

“And there was a lot going on and some people were a little bit scared and some people were like, ‘We love it’.

“So, when we were going to live, I had to make the decision, are we going for safety first or are we going for the sparkly knickers? And I caved and went for that.”

Facing back to the camera, the presenter said: “The decisions that have to be made, the pressure this woman is under.”

Saffron’s last minute underwear change comes after she recently discovered she had flashed her knickers and bottom during a live performance.

Back in September, the blonde beauty sported a mid-length red dress for her Tango performance with her dance partner.

Mid-way through their routine, Saffron spun around at a fast speed, giving viewers a glimpse of her underwear.

The social media star discovered the blunder as she filmed herself and AJ watching their performance back on Youtube.

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Reflecting on the blunder, Saffron said laughing: “My whole bum cheek was out!”

The moment prompted AJ to burst into shocked laughter as he said: “I hadn’t noticed that until now.”

The contestant went on to point out that her knickers could be seen through her attire.

“And you can see the proper granny knickers as well!”


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After taking a moment to compose himself, AJ added: “I mean… you kept going.”

Since the blunder, the dancing duo have gone on to wow the judges with their impressive moves.

Last month, they had an almost perfect score of 40 for their Foxtrot routine which had the judges on their feet.

This week, the pair will perform a Waltz to Your Song by Ellie Goulding.

Strictly Come Dancing continues this Saturday at 6.50pm on BBC One.

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