Sara Davies ‘resents’ Strictly rivals after she lost more than £100k on BBC show

Sara Davies has confessed she “resents” some of her competitors on Strictly Come Dancing who were lucky enough to drop their commitments to dedicate their time to the BBC One dance competition.

The 38-year-old took part in the 19th series of the beloved ballroom show last year where she was partnered up with fan-favourite Aljaž Škorjanec , who managed to guide her through to the eighth week of the show.

Despite jumping at the chance to sign up to the competition, the entrepreneur was unable to leave her responsibilities of her £40million business behind her as she trained for the show unlike many of her fellow contestants.

This meant that the mum-of-three was forced to juggle the demands of her craft supply company, Crafter’s Companion, while also squeezing in the much-needed training sessions with the world champion into her already busy work week.

Despite making a large number of new friends on the show, the blonde bombshell couldn’t help but feel slight “resentment” towards her fellow competitors who were able to put their life on hold to train for the physically demanding competition.

In an exclusive interview with Daily Star, Sara confessed that she wished she had been able to completely focus on the competition after she fell in love with learning to dance on the show.

She admitted: “I did used to look at some of the other celebrities and resent a little bit that they were able to just put the rest of their lives on hold, move to London and just do Strictly and train loads and loads of hours every day.”

The businesswoman went on to explain how she often struggled to squeeze in the hours to fine tune her routines for Saturday night’s show.

Recalling her final performance of the Argentine Tango, Sara says she only had around “eight hours sleep for the whole week” because of the amount of work she was juggling.

Her overflowing schedule included training with Aljaz from 6am until noon, then heading straight to the office for 1pm before a TV broadcast to the US which was on-air until 5am.

She revealed: “I remember the last week that I was there, the week I was evicted, I remember I had a killer week ahead.

“I think I was running on about eight hours of sleep for the whole week.”

But it wasn’t just time the Dragon lost as she explained in her new book, We Can All Make It, that her business profits also plummeted by “hundreds of thousands” while she took part on the show last year.

She wrote: “The cost to the business of me being essentially ‘missing in action’ for several months was in the hundreds of thousands – way more than the fee the BBC offers any of the contestants to do the show.”

Sara has owned the successful crafting business since 2005 and have lived and breathed the company since she founded it at the age of 21.

However, the star was willing to accept the dent in her bank balance if it meant fulfilling her lifelong dream to appear on Strictly.

She added: “I think there comes a point where you have got to weigh up that life isn’t just about the money you make; it is also about happiness.

“Strictly had been a lifelong ambition of mine so everybody, the family, the staff in the business, everyone just rallied around to try and make it as seamless as possible.”

Sara’s book has hit the shelves and takes readers through her journey to success, including her business which she ran from her university bedroom all the way up to becoming the youngest female investor on Dragons’ Den.

On her motivation to write the book, the loving mum said: “I want people, whether they are entrepreneurs or mums who are trying to juggle everything, to pick up my book and connect with something in it.

“I want them to think, if she has done that I can go and do whatever it is that I am trying to achieve.”

We Can All Make It: My Story by Sara Davies is published on 28th April by Bantam Press. RRP £20.

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