Kevin Clifton found it difficult to watch Strictly this year

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 December 2020
Kevin Clifton

Kevin Clifton

Kevin Clifton admitted it was difficult to sit at home and watch 'Strictly Come Dancing' this year after quitting the show

Kevin Clifton admitted it was difficult to sit at home and watch 'Strictly Come Dancing' this year.

The 38-year-old dancer quit the BBC show after landing his dream role in a touring production of 'Strictly Ballroom' but just weeks later, the Covid-19 pandemic hit and the UK went into lockdown, putting his 2020 plans on hold.

He told the Huffington Post: "I was all set to move onto 'Strictly Ballroom', which was supposed to open in September. To be honest, that was the main reason I took the decision to leave 'Strictly Come Dancing'. It was always a bit of a dream of mine to play that role in 'Strictly Ballroom'.

"I'd been in touch with 'Strictly Come Dancing' and said, 'if I get offered this, I'm not going to be able to say no to it'. So I got offered the part, said I was leaving 'Strictly' for a life in the theatre… and then there was no more theatre. So everything sort of disappeared, or moved over to 2021.

"Obviously it was difficult when all the theatre went away this year and I'm sat at home watching ['Strictly Come Dancing'] – but I still feel it was the right time. But fingers crossed that 2021 is going to be a version of what 2020 was supposed to be – for everyone in the world!"

And Kevin revealed he and his girlfriend Stacey Dooley kept themselves entertained during lockdown by watching old comedy shows together.

He said: "Me and my girlfriend decided we were going to watch all the episodes of 'The Royle Family' right from the beginning. And we just laughed so much at it. It's things like that that kept me going, to be honest."

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