Article: Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Joanne Clifton admits return to competition is still uncertain

THE REMAINING professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing are still waiting to hear if they’ll be invited back, Joanne Clifton has indicated.

 Joanne CLiftonWENN/BBC
Joanne Clifton is hopeful of a return to the contest
The popular performer, who joined the series in 2014, said on Twitter that Prince Harry is her dream partner – but she doesn’t know yet if she’ll be taking part in this year’s run.

She tweeted yesterday: “My ULTIMATE DREAM would be 2 dance w PRINCE HARRY on @bbcstrictly ! #boom #LOVETHATVIDEO #LOVETHEQUEEN #PrinceHarryforStrictly #DanceWithMe.”

When a follower asked: “You getting a celeb this year then?”, she replied: “Gotta see if I’m on it first #fingerscrossed #toescrossed #eyescrossed #anythingelsethatcrosses.”

One fan of the family, which also includes Kevin Clifton and his wife Karen, replied: “If you, Kev & Karen aren’t on I want my license fee back ! Come on bbc get on with it…”.

Joanne CliftonWENN

Joanne did not have a celeb partner last year

Joanne CliftonWENN

Fans are keen to see her re-hired

“Jojo, if you’re not on it I will be protesting and if you haven’t got a partner I will be protesting again! #GiveJoJoAPartner,” said another.

Joanne was not given a celebrity competitor last year, after sixteen pros were recruited but only fifteen famous contestants. Instead, she performed in group routines and provided regular insight on spin-off show It Takes Two. She did, however, win the Christmas special alongside Harry Judd.

Already a large number of professionals have confirmed that they won’t be returning this year, including reigning champion Aliona Vilani, who has lifted the Glitterball Trophy twice.

Ola Jordan, Kristina Rihanoff and Tristan MacManus have also revealed that they have quit the long-running programme, which is still a regular ratings winner.

Scott Mills and Joanne Clifton Samba to ‘Under The Sea’:

It has also been rumoured today that new government rules could see the BBC having to back out of scheduling their biggest shows against similarly popular output from other channels.

After Strictly and Doctor Who regularly faced The X Factor last year, it seems a charter ban from Culture Secretary John Whittingdale could see restrictions imposed.

A source from the Corporation told the Daily Mail in response: “The BBC does less promotion than other public service broadcasters and we don’t aggressively schedule programming.

“All that moving programmes would do is annoy the public and make it harder for them to find the shows they have already paid for.”

Source: Express


Article: Here are the extraordinary lifesavers who won Good Morning Britain’s inaugural Health Star Awards

The Good Morning Britain team looked glamorous as they joined celebrities and nominees for the new awards.

A transplant surgeon and a mother who founded a charity after struggling with postnatal depression were among the winners at the inaugural Good Morning Britain Health Star Awards.

The awards were set up to reward those who have gone the extra mile to help someone’s health or save a life and are voted for by GMB’s viewers.

They saw celebrities including Leslie Ash and Michelle Heaton join the show’s team and award nominees at a packed ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane on Thursday.

Also attending were Strictly professional Kevin Clifton and his wife Karen, Gloria Hunniford, Lord Winston, Debbie McGee and Dr Dawn Harper.

The winner of the Hospital Health Star award was Majid Mukadam, a lung and transplant surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, who has spent the last six years encouraging the Asian community to join the organ donor register.

From the talks he has given in the local community, he estimates that he has encouraged around 25,000 Asians to sign the donor register.

Accepting the Community Health Star award was Rachael Jones from Shropshire, who set up a charity to support women suffering with postnatal depression after experiencing the illness herself.

Since setting up PANDAS Foundation in 2011, Rachael and her team have supported more than 20,000 people.

Kevin and Karen Clifton

Strictly’s Kevin Clifton, pictured with wife Karen, was one of the judges (Lauren Hurley/PA)

The final Life Saver Health Star award went to Darran Sampson, from East Sussex, who saved Paul Harris’s life by performing CPR on him for almost an hour when he suffered a cardiac arrest in a pub.

The off-duty firefighter brought Paul back to life twice before paramedics arrived.

There was also a Special Recognition Health Star award chosen by The Sun’s health editor, which went to 18-year-old friends Sophia Parvizi-Wayne and Amber Van Dam.

The pair have campaigned to have mental health put on the national curriculum for several years after Amber struggled to find help and information when Sophia told her she had anorexia as a young teenager.

Highlights from the awards will be on Good Morning Britain on Friday from 6am.

Article: Strictly Come Dancing star Katie Derham to host the first ever Strictly prom

And some of our favourite professional dancers will be appearing.

Strictly Come Dancing will be crossing over with the BBC Proms this year for a very special show.

Strictly veteran Katie Derham will pay tribute to the long-running reality competition at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Thursday, July 21.

Joining her for the Prom will be Strictly professionals Joanne Clifton, Aljaž Škorjanec, Karen Clifton, Kevin Clifton, Giovanni Pernice and Janette Manrara.

Conductor Gavin Sutherland and his BBC Concert Orchestra provide the soundtrack for what is sure to be a spectacular night.

Tickets can be booked through the BBC Proms website.

Derham is fresh off an impressive run on Strictly Come Dancing last autumn, where she finished fourth in the grand final.

Source: Digital Spy


Article: Strictly Come Dancing stars Kevin and Karen Clifton to appear at charity spring ball

Kevin and Karen Clifton

Kevin and Karen Clifton

The opulent surroundings of The Walled Garden at Orchardleigh House will play host to a charity spring ball featuring Strictly Come Dancing stars Kevin and Karen Clifton on Saturday, May 14.

Kevin and Karen are now established as one of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing most popular dance couples. Karen has appeared in two series of TV’s most watched programme, partnering Nicky Byrne from Westlife in her first year and in 2013 dancing with Hairy Biker Dave Myers, reaching week seven. Kevin Clifton made a spectacular debut reaching the final with celebrity partner and Breakfast News presenter Susanna Reid*.

The event is a fundraiser in aid of the Merlin Theatre and Papyrus – the prevention of young suicide charity.

Tickets cost £600 for a table of eight. Single tickets cost £85.

For more information email

Source: Frome Standard

(*NB Obviously this bit of info is a little bit outdated now!)

Karen’s Hello! Magazine blog: An exciting trip to Malta

One night I’m sleeping in my bed, the next night I’m sleeping on a boat. Ha! Life.. I must say the best sleep I’ve ever had definitely would have to be on a boat. I could easily sleep all day. The rocking and swaying makes me feel like I’m back in my mom’s womb. No wonder babies like being rocked.

Recently, Kevin and I have made a big change in our sleeping habits. We are now making sure that we get 8 full hours of sleep every night. As oppose to our 4-5 hours a night. We are trying to be in bed by 11pm and up and about by 7am unless we’ve had a show the night before and need to rest up a bit more. I also never leave home without my monkey bear whose name is “fidget”. Can’t go to bed without him. Kevin gave him to me when we started dating and he has not left my bedside ever since. I’m still a kid at heart.

With enough rest and having my monkey bear with me, I can feel the change in my body, skin and have the ability to feel more productive and aware throughout the day.
A cup of coffee makes it all better as well first thing in the morning ..

karen2Now that we are up and about so early in the morning I like to do a couple of stretches to get my muscles loose and kick off the day feeling limber and not achey. It was a bit chilly out so I wore my favourite bright top by Lululemon and my stretchy , comfy quick step dance pants by Sweaty Betty. Can’t forget my odd socks!!!




Stretching my sides, hamstrings/lower back and glutes always helps me release tension and keeps injuries at bay. It also gives you a little bit of time to focus and centre yourself. Remember that you don’t need a lot of space or time to give your body some needed TLC.

For a little bit of extra help I use the ultimate survival kit by Scentered. It was recommended to me by my friend, super talented dancer and life coach Camilla Dallerup. They are therapy balms which I apply on my pulse points and then inhale them deeply. It works wonders. My favourite is “Stress Less”. It helps me get through the day with its beautiful ‘feel good’ scent. There’s also “Sleep Well”, “Escape”, “Focus” and “Love” which I simply can’t get enough of.




And off the boat we went to the beautiful city of Valletta, Malta which is located in the central-eastern portion of the island.



It was such a beautiful morning. Kevin and I walked through the gorgeous streets of Valletta who’s nickname is “Superbissima” – meaning “Most Proud”.


We took a couple of selfies!!


And one more with a Cheeky kiss!!


The views were absolutely breathtaking and since it was very early in the morning everything was calm and the temperature was just right!


Kevin giving me his best profile and that jaw line!! Whoop!

It’s not often that we get to go to a city that has so much history. Loved the elements of Mannerist, Neo-classical and modern architecture in some areas though WWII left the city with some scars. But what I found even more intriguing was the Cat Cafe. It was a cat feeding station that also provides shelter for stray cats. There was a small hill full of little boxes with food in them just for the little furry animals. This was absolutely wonderful to see.


I spotted a couple of the cats and started following them around. I don’t think they liked me very much but I still tried. Hehe.


After a couple of hours of wandering around this beautiful city it was time to say goodbye.

I was feeling very grateful to get opportunities like these to travel to beautiful cities and do what I love especially with my hubby.

Start your day with positivity and a little stretch. Let your body warm up before taking on the day. Rain or shine make sure that you find joy in the small things.

Keep smiling,


Source: Hello! Magazine Blogs


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