‘Serves to make pros look bad Kevin Clifton talks Strictly shake-up on BBC show

Strictly: Kevin Clifton discusses ‘standby’ contestants

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Kevin Clifton, 39, was joined by his sister Joanne Clifton, 38, on his podcast last month, where the pair discussed swapping professional dancers and their current partners in Strictly Come Dancing. The Grimsby-born performer suggested that the move would only “serve to make the pro dancers look bad”.

Joanne commented that it would be a “terrible idea” to have a partner swap on the BBC show.

While Kevin was also convinced that it would be “horrible” for all parties involved.

It comes after his sister said that some viewers had suggested switching dancers and contestants in the show.

“There are a few people on here saying that they would love a partner swap,” she commented.

“But from a professional point of view, I would hate it.”

Kevin agreed, saying: “It’s great for the viewers but horrible for the people involved.”

“Horrible,” Joanne continued. “Everything you’ve worked on and the connection that you have built up and how you dance together can be completely b******d up if they go off and dance with somebody else for one week.

“And then they come back and it’s like, ‘Oh, God, she’s all out of sync’.”

Kevin interjected: “Also, as exciting as it would be to see people dancing with different pros, in terms of people’s perception and reactions, press coverings and all of that stuff, it only serves to make the pros look bad.

“That’s the only thing that can happen.”

He continued: “For example, Rose [Ayling-Ellis] has done two smashing dances with Giovanni [Pernice].

“Imagine next week she dances with Johannes [Radebe] and it doesn’t go as well.”

Kevin went on: “Now it could be a Rumba and she’s dancing with Johannes.


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“Rumba is mad hard and Rose is better at ballroom than she is at Latin and she ends up getting a four.

“The main thing won’t be people saying, ‘Oh Rose is terrible at Rumba.’

“People will instead say, ‘Giovanni is better than Johannes then.’ He can’t get out as much with her as Giovanni and it might not be anything to do with the pros.”

He added: “It might just be that they don’t take to the dance. Also, they are not used to dancing with that person.

“They just don’t have that rapport with each other.”

Joanne agreed with her brother and added that it would be a “terrible idea”.

Kevin added that it could also go another way, where a contestant who has had a bad few weeks suddenly scores a ten with another professional dancer.

He said: “Imagine Adam [Peaty] dances the Charleston with Dianne [Buswell] and has an amazing week and scores a ten.

“Everyone will go, ‘Oh, I would love to see him dancing with her then because he’s not as good with Katya.'”

Strictly Come Dancing returns tomorrow on BBC One at 6.45pm.

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