Kevin Clifton ‘not being considered’ for Strictly Come Dancing return as BBC stick with pro dancers

Kevin Clifton ‘not being considered’ for Strictly Come Dancing return as BBC stick with pro dancers


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Kevin Clifton won't be back on Strictly Come Dancing later this year as bosses keep faith with the dancers who worked through the pandemic.

He stepped away from the BBC show last March to try and break the West End – days before the Covid-19 hit.

After winning the series in 2018, Kevin left the BBC dancefloor behind to realise his dreams on the stage.

He said goodbye to Strictly but things were about to turn grim for the performing arts as the coronavirus devastated the industry.

It put his big plans on hold and he didn't get the chance to reverse his decision when the show returned in October.

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Fans hoped he would be back for 2021 but those hopes seem to have been dashed.

Bosses are 'happy' with the current line-up of dancers, it has been claimed. The BBC are keen to reward them all with new deals for later this year after working in the 'Strictly bubble' for nearly three months.

A source told The Sun: "Feelers were put out about Kev returning to the show, but bosses have decided that they’re happy with their cast and the time has passed.

"Kevin would have gone back if he could have been partnered with a man, as that’s something that’s never been done before.

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"But the opportunity wasn’t there, so he is focusing on different opportunities."

Kevin admitted he got his timing horribly wrong after he quit the show ten months ago.

His lead role in musical Strictly Ballroom – directed by judge Craig Revel Horwood – is now on hold.

He won the series alongside his now-girlfriend Stacey Dooley in 2018 but it seems he won't be back next year.

“Who knows if I’ll go back to Strictly, never say never," he said on his podcast.

"I think if I’ve learned anything it’s you never close the door.

"You just don’t know how things are going to go," he added.

“I thought I was going to be on stage all year and all of a sudden that’s not happening any more."

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