Strictly: Kevin Clifton hits back at results show backlash
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Kevin Clifton, who was a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing for seven years, has said there was an element of the show he “didn’t like”. The Grimsby-born performer addressed the dance competition’s previous elimination process in the final.
Discussing the “weird” format with his sister and fellow dancer Joanne Clifton, 37, the pair addressed a major change on Strictly.
Speaking on The Kevin Clifton Show podcast last week, the 39-year-old admitted he couldn’t wrap his head around the judges’ decision to vote off one couple mid-finale.
In previous series, Strictly would have four couples go up against each other but one couple would be voted off prior to performing their third routine.
Kevin explained: “I didn’t like it when they had a four couple final and then they would eliminate one couple.
“They would split the show in half. So you would do the judges’ pick and then the showdance. Then they would have a break for [the public] to vote.
“There would be a second show after Doctor Who.”
He continued: “Everyone would come back to do their second dance and [the judges] would eliminate someone.
“I always felt like it was an anti-climax for one couple in the final.”
He added: “If you’re going to do it then just eliminate two couples.”
Joanna interjected: “But I don’t think they should have done that.”
Kevin claimed that if couples had prepared their dances prior to the show, they should have the opportunity to perform all of the routines they have rehearsed.
“If you’ve prepared all week for those dances in the final then do it. So whoever is in the final should do all of their dances,” he said.
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“If they are going to eliminate anyone in the [semi] final then eliminate two [couples] and leave it as one on one for the win.”
He continued: “I thought it was weird when they had four couples but would only eliminate one [pairing] and three got to do the last dance.
“But they have got rid of that and have now been doing four couple finals and everyone gets a chance to [all of their] dances.”
Joanne agreed, saying she too wasn’t keen on Strictly’s previous format.
Meanwhile, Kevin took to social media to react to a viewer who urged the professional dancer to join the judging panel yesterday.
Twitter user, Sharon Watson penned: “It would be great to see you as a judge on Strictly one day. You’re always so positive and encouraging about every performance and love listening to your podcasts about the show, always so interesting and entertaining.”
Kevin didn’t dish on any plans to join the judging panel but instead thanked his supporter.
“Thanks for listening,” he replied, in view of his 250,000 followers.
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