Strictly: Kevin Clifton discusses ‘rules’ on series
Kevin Clifton lifted the Glitterball Trophy back in 2018 with Stacey Dooley. A year later he was partnered with Anneka Rice and booted out of the competition in week three. Following that, the professional dancer felt it was time to focus on his theatre career and back in March, announced he would no longer be part of Strictly Come Dancing. But with the arts and entertainment industry suffering the biggest blow by the coronavirus pandemic, apparently, Kevin is reconsidering his exit and there should BBC bosses want him back, he could be appearing in the 2021 series.
An insider said: “Kevin’s had conversations with the BBC and said he’d consider returning to the show in the future.
“He absolutely loves Strictly and is still a massive fan of the show.
“There was no bad blood between anyone when it came to Kevin’s departure and he’d be welcomed back with open arms if he wanted to return.
“Strictly was a massive part of Kevin’s life and it’s been great for him to know the door has been left open,” the unnamed source told The Sun.
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Kevin was set to appear in Craig Revel Horwood’s new production, Strictly Ballroom when the virus struck.
The West End musical has now been postponed until 2021.
Kevin was also meant to fly to Australia for the 2020 Australian tour of Burn The Floor, but this was also pushed back a year.
Then in August, Kevin announced tickets were on sale for the 2021 UK and Ireland tour of Burn The Floor with dates starting in April.
In the meantime, however, he and his sister – Joanne Clifton, who briefly appeared on Strictly back in 2014 and lifted the Glitterball Trophy with Ore Oduba – had a planned “one of the first” socially distanced theatre tours in the UK.
An Evening With Kevin and Joanne Clifton – which was booked for October and November and featured a West End date – was understandably cancelled.
Despite the constant setbacks, Kevin’s podcast has featured many guests throughout the year.
The Kevin Clifton Show had several ex-Strictly contestants appearing as well as judges.
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To add to this, the nation’s favourite dance show which he was once part of was a topic of big debate on the podcast.
It comes after Kevin spoke about “leaving the door open” for any job.
“I think if I’ve learned anything it’s you never close the door,” he said back in 2018.
“You just don’t know how things are going to go.
“I thought I was going to be on stage all year and all of a sudden that’s not happening anymore.”
Express.co.uk has contacted Kevin’s representative and the BBC for comment.
Despite Kevin’s absence from this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, Oti Mabuse proved once again she is an incredible professional dancer.
She and Bill Bailey lifted the Glitterball Trophy after nine weeks.
Strictly Come Dancing is available to watch on the BBC iPlayer now.
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