Kevin Clifton exposes rule Strictly cast ‘took liberties of’: ‘Pasha was the worst for it’

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Kevin Clifton, 38, was joined by his sister and fellow dancer Joanne Clifton, 37, on his self-titled podcast. The former Strictly Come Dancing star’s spoke candidly about their time on the BBC programme.

The Grimsby-born performer revealed that ex-Strictly star Pasha Kovalev, 40, would often take “liberties” when it came to rehearsing with his celebrity dance partner ahead of the live show.

The dancer turned theatre star dished on backstage details, as he explained that the couples are able to practise before taking to the Strictly dance floor.

But Stacey Dooley’s boyfriend admitted he would get frustrated because his co-stars would often get “lax with the rules”.

Speaking on the podcast, Kevin said: “Do you remember Jo?

“You’re allowed to go down and practise your routine with your celebrity partner. But there are always two couples ahead of you.

“So, if you were on ninth in the running [of the show] your time to go and practise with your celebrity partner was while couple number seven was on.”

He continued: “Because while there is a couple before you, you have to be up there for your final makeup checks, hair checks etc.

“You know, scraping your shoes, and ready for the next shot when Tess [Daly] says, ‘And the next couple is… Joanne Clifton and Scott Mills.’

“The camera goes onto you and you wave.”

Kevin cheekily admitted his biggest gripe with Pasha, who would often be in the corridor practising even though he would be the final routine performing on the show.

“Two couples had to be up, before you are allowed to practise,” Kevin explained.

“What I found is everyone got a bit lax with the rules. They started taking liberties with it.”


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He went on: “I was really militant with the rules especially when it was my turn to go and practise.

“I would say, ‘I’m on fifth.’ And then couple number three are on and I’m going down to practise with my celebrity.

“But there are nine couples down there all just practising their routine.”

He added: “I think it was Pasha that was one of the worst for doing this. He would be on [Strictly] last.

“While couple number two and three are on, Pasha’s down there practising.

“I’m saying, ‘If you allow everyone to do this, then it’s a big advantage for whoever’s on at the end because they’re just practising for the whole show.'”

Despite Kevin’s frustration, there’s a silver lining for the professional dancer.

He explained the dancers and their celebrity partners on the new series can no longer practise minutes before taking to the Strictly floor due to the social distancing rules that are in place.

“They can’t do that now, because they’re stuck in the audience and they have to clap,” Kevin chuckled.

Strictly Come Dancing airs Saturday on BBC One at 7pm.

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