Strictly Come Dancing’s Kevin Clifton reflects on exit after 7 years on hit show


Former Strictly Come Dancing star Kevin Clifton has claimed that “nobody is bigger than the show” as he reflected on his shock exit from the show.

Kevin, 37, shocked the shows fans earlier this month when he announced he had made the decision to leave Strictly Come Dancing following a successful stint on the show lasting seven years.

The dancing pro went on to win the 16th series with his now girlfriend BBC presenter Stacey Dooley but failed to impress all the judges – claiming one was “never convinced” by him.

Speaking about his reason for leaving the show, Kevin said that he wanted new experiences.

Kevin eventually won the show with now girlfriend, Stacey Dooley

Opening up on his podcast, he said: “At age 23 it would be different. I’d look at it and think, ‘I can stay on this for the next 10 or 15 years’, but at 37 years old I was thinking, ‘I’m going to turn 38’.

“If it’s going to be similar to what I have already done I don’t see myself doing it into my forties.”

He went on to say: “I have got so many other interests and I thought, ‘I’ll have to leave at some point’. I guess I was starting to question when the last series would be. I kept an open dialogue with the producers. It did not come out of the blue.

Kevin left the show after seven successful years

“We were very open with each other. They were aware a while back I was at least thinking when was the time.

“Me leaving gives younger dancers the chance to come through now. Nobody is bigger than the show.”

Known by fans as Kevin from Grimsby, he has already announced his first role since leaving Strictly – revealing that he will be starring in Strictly Ballroom The Musical.

Kevin revealed his decision for leaving on his podcast

He also admitted he felt he never earned the complete trust of Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood during his time on the show.

Clifton said: “After seven years of trying to impress Craig, I always thought that Craig was never 100% convinced of me.

“It was very rare he would get his 10 paddle out, like mine and Stacey’s paso doble was three 10s in the final when he could have given a 10.”

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