DIG out your sequins and your score cards – Strictly Come Dancing is coming back.
And, among the professional dancers already signed up for the next series of the hit BBC1 show are Grimsby’s favourite siblings, Kevin and Joanne Clifton.
The pair will be joined in coaching a fresh crop of celebrities on the show by Kevin’s fiancee Karen Hauer, much to the delight of their proud parents
Keith and Judy Clifton.
As reported here online, Keith couldn’t wait to call the Grimsby Telegraph with the news yesterday.
He said: “It’s wonderful. We are absolutely over the moon.”
Keith also revealed that fellow professionals Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec are also signed up for the new series, as are old favourites Ola Jordan, Brendan Cole, Anton Du Beke and Kristina Rihanoff.
Three new dancers will be joining the team this year.
Dancing With The Stars’ Gleb Savchenko will be joined by Italian dance champion Giovanni Pernice and eight-time South African Latin American champion Otlile Mabuse.
Iveta Lukosiute and Trent Whiddon will not be returning.
Robin Windsor, who had to pull out of last year’s competition with a back injury, will not be coming back either.
Kevin – who, along with his partner Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge, made the final of last year’s show – took to Twitter to spread his joy at the news.
He said: “So happy me and @karen_hauer will be on @bbcstrictly again this year! Big welcome to @Gleb_Savchenko @otlile_mabuse and @pernicegiovann1.”
He followed it with: “Going to miss @Robinwindsor @D8Iveta and @TrentWhiddon . All of them are a pleasure to work with.”
Joanne also expressed her joy at being asked back for a second series, having partnered the less-than-graceful Radio One DJ Scott Mills last time round.
She took to Twitter to say: “I am so incredibly happy and honoured to be back on the best and biggest show on television @bbcstrictly! Just INCREDIBLY honoured!”
Karen – who was paired with Towie’s Mark Wright last year – was equally pleased.
She tweeted: “Absolutely thrilled to be back on @bbcstrictly . Huge congrats to the newbies @Gleb_Savchenko @otlile_mabuse @pernicegiovann1 ?? #happy”
And, if you can’t wait until the new series starts later this year, don’t forget you can catch Kevin, Karen and Joanne in action at Grimsby Auditorium.
An Evening With Karen And Kevin From Grimsby will take place on Saturday, May 23.
To book a seat, call the Grimsby Auditorium box office
on 0844 8472426.
Source: Grimsby Telegraph