Kevin Clifton speaks out on being turned down by Strictly producers: ‘It wasn’t right’

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Kevin Clifton, 37, was talking with his former Strictly Come Dancing partner Susan Calman, on his podcast The Kevin Clifton when he made a surprising revelation about the dance programme’s producers. The ballroom champion revealed he had “pitched” the idea of performing a “Strictly Ballroom Paso [Doble]” on several occasions, but had repeatedly been turned down.

It just never came

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Kevin explained: “I tell this story wherever I go, whenever I’m talking about Strictly… but I’d always wanted to do a Strictly Ballroom Paso, right, like I pitched it year after year on Strictly, and for whatever reason, it just never came about.”

The 37-year-old explained that show producers didn’t think that it was “right” or would “work” as he reeled off alleged excuses given.

He continued: “They [the producers] didn’t think it was right, or, [they said] ‘It wouldn’t work for that’, or, ‘Someone else was doing something similar’ or you know… it just never happened.”

However the dancer was determined to make it happen, so he continued to ask if he and Susan could perform the Paso Doble after they continued to perform well in the competition.


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“I kept saying to them, like, ‘Can we do it? Can we do it?’. And me and you were doing well.

“I was saying, ‘Can me and Susan do Strictly Ballroom Paso and again they weren’t sure about it. “

Susan and Kevin competed on Strictly in 2017 and got to week ten of the competition.

After the programme finished the pair also performed together during the Strictly Come Dancing tour.

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Comedian Susan has said in the past that appearing on the programme pushed her out the comfort zone.

She told the Afternoon Show previously: “I was standing there dressed as Wonder Woman about to strut and do a samba.

“I thought, ‘What are you doing Calman?'”

Nevertheless, such doubts were quickly squashed by her fellow Strictly devotees.

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“Every time I went out there, I thought, ‘Last year I was sitting on my sofa watching it.

“‘I’m doing it for all those people sitting at home on their sofas wishing they were on Strictly Come Dancing’.”

Kevin and Susan have remained friends ever since their stint on the show, and last year they announced to Hello! Magazine that they were looking to write a TV script together.

Kevin told the magazine: “Me and Susan are looking to be writing a TV drama actually, based on the ballroom competition world.

“We have this idea for a script that we want to make into a TV drama. She’s wicked. I just get on with her so well.”

Since dancing alongside Susan, Kevin went on to win his first Glitterball trophy alongside Stacey Dooley.

After winning the show, Kevin and Stacey went on to begin a romantic relationship, and now live together.

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