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Kevin Clifton has revealed that some former Strictly professionals were “angsty” about new arrivals receiving focus in group numbers.
The former Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer, 38, appeared on the hit BBC One show from 2013 until his final series in 2019.
Speaking on the Born Entertainer podcast, Kevin denied that there had been many conflicts between the professional dancers behind the scenes when speaking to Sam Adams.
However, Kevin revealed: “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 like…if us young whippersnappers we were getting put at the front…”
Kevin Clifton has discussed what some past professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing were like to work with
Sam then offered: “Egos…”
Responding, Kevin added: “Yeah, a couple of egos in there, but then they left and it sort of quieted down. “
He noted: “And I think now it's probably the best sort of group, more than ever, where everyone's just working for the best result they can for the show. It's very much a team.”
In March 2020, Kevin announced his departure from Strictly to embrace new work challenges.
Kevin with 2018 Strictly partner and now girlfriend Stacey Dooley
In a statement, Kevin said at the time: “After finishing last series with the Children in Need trophy and the Christmas special, I want to leave on a high and have therefore decided the time has come to move on and focus on other areas of my life and career.
”I want to thank all of the pros for inspiring me every day as well as all of my celebrity partners.
”The whole team behind the scenes have always made the Strictly family what it is and the loveliest show to work for.
”Thank you to anyone who has ever voted for me and my partners. It means the world.
”And a special thank you to Jason Gilkison for always believing in me.”
Kevin Clifton announced his exit from Strictly in 2020
(Image: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for Strictly Ballroom The Musical)
Kevin has been focusing on theatre work since leaving Strictly
(Image: Getty Images for Strictly Ballro)
He concluded: “To me, Strictly always has been and always will be the best show on TV and has been an absolute dream and honour to be a part of.
”Pre 2013 I used to watch every week. Now I look forward to returning to being a fan and cheering on my friends who keep dancing.”
Kevin had previously won the 2018 series with his dance partner and now girlfriend, journalist Stacey Dooley.
On Thursday, Kevin was one of many to offer their congratulations to his former co-star Anton Du Beke for being announced as a judge for the 2021 series of Strictly Come Dancing, standing in for Bruno Tonioli.
Sharing a promo snap of Anton with fellow judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel-Horwood and Motsi Mabuse, Kevin tweeted: “Congrats @TheAntonDuBeke. Ladies and gents, your new @bbcstrictly judging panel”.
*Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One later this year.
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