Kevin Clifton reveals some ‘egotistic’ ex Strictly pros didn’t like newbies

Strictly: Kevin Clifton discusses watching show as a fan

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Former Strictly Come Dancing pro Kevin Clifton has said that some ex professional dancers did not like the new stars coming onto the show and taking centre stage during the group numbers. The 38-year-old dancer, who joined the cast of the BBC programme in 2013, said they would be “angsty” when they worked together

Kevin made his comments on his Born Entertainer podcast.

Asked if there was ever conflict between the pros on Strictly, the TV star told Sam Adams: “No, not really.”

However, he then went on to recall some awkward moments during his early years on the show.

He said there were some “egos” when he first joined the cast, who didn’t like the new dancers taking the lead in group dances, after pointing out that generally the pros all had the same “end goal” and that was to create and perform the best dance number they could.

“In the group numbers on Strictly, I think there is a real feeling of the end goal is we want to make this show really good.

“If I’m honest, when I first joined there was a couple of them that had sort of been there a few years, that were probably on their last year or two, that… they could be a bit angsty in the room and didn’t like it especially if us young, the likes of me and Aljaz coming in, you know, if we were getting put at the front…

“Egos,” his co-star offered.

“Yeah, a couple of egos in there, but then they left and it sort of quieted down.

“And I think now it’s probably the best sort of group, more than ever, when everyone’s just working for the best result they can for the show. it’s very much a team.”

Kevin announced he was leaving Strictly in 2020 to focus on his theatre work.

Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic scuppered some of his plans, but he is set to star in the West End production of Singing In The Rain later this year.

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Earlier today it was announced that Kevin’s former co-star Anton Du Beke will replace Bruno Tonioli on the judging panel for the 2021 series.

He took to social media to congratulate the 54-year-old dancer, who has been on the show since it launched in 2004.

The 2018 Strictly champion posted a picture of Anton with Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas.

“Congrats @TheAntonDuBeke. Ladies and gents, your new @bbcstrictly judging panel,” he tweeted in view of his 248,200 followers.

Anton said he was “thrilled” to be on the judging panel following a two week stint on last year’s show.

“My loves I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be stepping into Bruno’s brogues for the next series of Strictly,” he said.

“It’s a dream come true to be judging alongside the best of the best and I promise to be kinder to all the couples than any of them have ever been to me.”

Bruno, who also stars on the American version of the show, Dancing With the Stars, said he was “gutted” that he would not be able to return.

Coronavirus restrictions mean he is unable to travel back and forth from the US to the UK as he would normally do.

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