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Kevin’s birthday: #TeamClifton, we need YOUR help!

So as you may or may not know, it’s Kev’s 33rd birthday next Tuesday (13th October), so of course here at KCF we can’t let that pass without some sort of ‘celebration’!

We’ve decided to put together a little something for his birthday here on the blog, in the form of a post full of messages from all his supporters. Of course, we could not do that without everyone else’s support. So if you want to be involved here’s the details:

  • The forms your message can take: it can simply be that, a message; you could add your fave photo of Kevin or a picture you have with him; you could be more creative and make some collage/edit as a sort of card for him; or finally, if you’re artistic, a scan of a drawing/artwork you have done would be lovely.
  • Whatever you decide to do, please email it to us at teamspecialkscd@hotmail.com
  • Please make sure your name/Twitter handle is with your message/picture etc if you wish it to be included.
  • The deadline for submission is MONDAY 12TH OCTOBER at 12PM UK time, to give us chance to put it together and have it ready for Tuesday morning
  • If you need any other info/clarification on anything, then please tweet/message us on our Twitter @TeamSpecialKSCD or our Facebook page.

Thanks for your co-operation guys, and we look forward to seeing what you all send in!

Chantelle and Charlene x

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Snippet: Strictly Come Dancing 2015: Lights, camera, action! Check out our Movie Week best moments

The stars of Strictly Come Dancing 2015 are gearing up for Movie Week, with Ainsley Harriott climbing into a penguin suit for his Happy Feet dance and Peter Andre polishing his best Johnny Depp impersonation as he prepares to Paso Doble to He’s A Pirate.

The BBC One show’s Hollywood-themed weeks always feature some of the best costumes and most inventive dances of the series. Here’s our favourites from previous seasons…

Frankie Bridge and her West Side Story-themed Paso Doble with Kevin Clifton

Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton (Guy Levy/BBC)

With this beautiful, meticulous dance, Frankie and Kevin topped the leaderboard and earned the first “10″ of 2014 – though it was a “Donny 10″ from guest judge Donny Osmond.

“Frankie goes to Hollywood and gives us a blockbuster,” head judge Len proclaimed.

(Check out the rest of their fave Movie Week moments here)

Source: Irish Examiner

Article: Strictly Come Dancing tour 2016: Frankie Bridge announced as the first celebrity dancer

We have not seen the sequin-clad celebs strut their stuff yet, but whoever does well in this year’s competition will be joining last year’s finalist after she dropped after falling pregnant

Kevin Clifton and Frankie Bridge

Plans for the Strictly Come Dancing Live UK Tour are already in place, and the first celebrity guest has already been announced, but it is not one of this year’s contestants.

The Saturdays star Frankie Bridge, will be jiving and foxtrotting her way across the UK as part of the Strictly Live Tour 2016.

She was supposed to be on this year’s tour, after competing on the show in 2014.

But after finding out she was pregnant with second son Carter, Wayne Bridge’s wife was unable to take part in the tour earlier this year.

But now she is all geared up to hit the road with the pro dancers in January.

Frankie said: “I was so disappointed not to be able to perform in this year’s Strictly Tour, as I’d been so looking forward to continuing my Strictly journey. But following the birth of my son in August, I’m thrilled to have been asked to join the 2016 tour.

“It will be great to get my dancing shoes back on and be part of the Strictly family again. Roll on January!”

Last year Frankie waltzed into the final with her partner Kevin Clifton, but lost out to Caroline Flack.

Having been told by her doctor she should not take part in the Strictly tour she reluctantly dropped out and was replaced by Rachel Stevens.

Kicking off in the New Year, the new tour will feature a whopping 30 shows – includingManchester – so Frankie better be ready for a lot of hard work.

The best dancers from this year’s series will also be taking to the road, but we have no idea yet who that will be.

Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA Wire
Strictly Come Dancing contestant Georgia May Foote

Could it be Bury-girl, and former Coronation Street star, Georgia May Foote, singer Peter Andre, Eastenders actress Kellie Bright or BBC Breakfast weather presenter Carol Kirkwood?

Whoever ends up dancing the waltz or the salsa in front of thousands every night, we at least know which judges will be in attendance.

Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli will be back together again and giving their expert opinions on the couples’ steps and lifts.

Head Judge Len Goodman said: “It’s going to be great to be back on the tour watching some of the best dancers from the TV series out on the road. I can’t wait to find out who will be joining Craig, Bruno and myself – it’s going to be a lot of fun! We’ll be pulling out all the stops, with a terrific line up of celebs and their dance partners.”

Bruno Tonioli said: “It’s going to be fantastico! Who would believe that we’re on to our thirteenth series of Strictly and our ninth live UK tour? I can’t wait to see all those beautiful people in the arenas and all the passion on the dance floor.”

And Craig Revel Horwood will be directing the tour for the sixth year in a row, promising all the sparkle and breath-taking dance moves we are used to seeing on our televisions every Saturday night.

Craig Revel Horwood added: “I am very pleased to have my fellow amigos Len and Bruno back on tour with me! I’m extremely excited to be directing the show again and have lots of new surprises up my sleeve. It’s going to be another fab-u-lous extravaganza for the whole family to enjoy.”

Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA Wire
Strictly Come Dancing contestant Peter Andre

As in previous years each couple will receive a score from the judges which will be combined with the number of votes they receive from audience members.

Audiences will be able to cast their vote using their mobile phones.

Which means although only one couple will be able to lift the Glitterball Trophy this December, there will be plenty of opportunities to do it throughout the tour.

The 30 show spectacular will open at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham on 22 January 2016. The tour will then visit the biggest entertainment venues across the UK including two dates at the Manchester Arena at the end of January.

Tickets go on sale 9am, Monday September 28.

Tour Dates:

22 – 24 January / Birmingham: The Barclaycard Arena

26 – 27 January / Sheffield Arena

28 – 29 January / Leeds: First Direct Arena

30 – 31 January / Manchester Arena Saturday 30 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm, Sunday 31 at 1.30pm

2 February / Liverpool: Echo Arena

3 – 4 February / Newcastle: Metro Radio Arena

5 – 7 February / Glasgow: The SSE Hydro

9 – 10 February / Nottingham: Capital FM Arena

11 – 12 February / London: The SSE Arena, Wembley

13 – 14 February / London: The O2

Tickets costs: £35 – £65

All ticket prices are subject to a booking fee.

To book tickets you can contact the venue, call 0844 875 8758, or visit http://www.eventim.co.uk/manchester and search Strictly Come Dancing 2016

Strictly Come Dancing returns on Friday September 25 at 9pm, continuing on Saturday September 26 at 6:15pm

Source: Manchester Evening News

(N.B. As yet, no pros have been confirmed for the tour, but if Kellie doesn’t take part, then we think it’s pretty obvious who Frankie is likely to be dancing with ;D)

Article: Forest Hill’s Horniman to feature on Strictly this weekend

Forest Hill's Horniman to feature on Strictly this weekend

Forest Hill’s Horniman to feature on Strictly this weekend

Strictly Come Dancing fans will see more than just the ballroom this weekend when Horniman museum features on the hit TV show.

The BBC’s crew and a handful of professional dancers visited the Forest Hill gem during the summer to film a segment which will be screened on Sunday’s show.

The museum’s Linda Hughes said: “Professional dancers Karen and Kevin, Joanne and Tristan and the Strictly crew visited us on a glorious day in August to film the routine.

“We’re delighted that the Horniman’s Gardens – in their full summer splendour – will be seen by such a huge audience.”

The theme for this week’s dances is the movies and, ahead of the famed group dance, the dancers shot their ‘trailer’ at the Horniman.

Strictly is just the latest show to use the Horniman Museum as a location. In recent months, it has been in demand as a location for Don’t Tell the Bride, The Autistic Gardener on Channel 4 and Selling Homes with Amanda Lamb.

In the hit Channel 4 show Humans, the museum’s bandstand was the location for a dramatic meeting between the humans and the synths.

Source: News Shopper

Article: Winners announced in Spectacle Wearers of the Year awards

British pop couple Natasha Hamilton and Richie Neville, Strictly Come Dancing star Kevin Clifton and TV veteran Anne Robinson all proved they had ‘specs appeal’ as winners at this week’s 20th annual Spectacle Wearer of the Year awards.

Talent show judge Louis Walsh also flaunted his ‘specs factor’ on the night as a guest judge of the competition which celebrates ordinary spectacles wearers and celebrities who look good in their eyewear.

Fresh from the Celebrity Big Brother house, former Atomic Kitten singer Ms Hamilton and her partner Mr Neville, of the pop band Five, were jointly awarded the Style Star title at the event, which is hosted in aid of the anti-bullying charity, Kidscape.

Ms Hamilton said: “As anyone who watched CBB would have seen, I love my specs and I love them big and dramatic. Your glasses should be as much of a fashion statement as any other accessory you wear, there is so much choice now and a huge variety of styles to choose from.”

She added: “My advice to anyone buying a new pair of specs is to choose a pair that you feel reflects you rather than trying to go with a specific trend. I also love Ritchie in his glasses, they really suit him.”

Mr Neville added: “It’s great fun to receive this award and hopefully inspire others, especially kids, to wear their glasses with pride.”

Spice Girl and radio presenter Emma Bunton launched the search for Britain’s best spectacles wearers earlier this year and appeared on the night to present the overall winner and celebrity awards.

Dancer Kevin Clifton, who is in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with EastEnders actress Kellie Bright, was crowned Best Newcomer at the London event.

Mr Clifton said: “I’d be lost without my specs. I have to wear them for training and love to wear them to make a fashion statement. They are a genuine part of my look so I’m really chuffed to receive this award and it’s all for a great cause too.”

Outspoken TV presenter and journalist, Anne Robinson, was awarded the Services to Specs prize for decades of dedicated spectacles wearing.

“I’m thrilled to win this award. I’m a huge fan of glasses,” she said. “At all times my specs must say: sexy, sassy, clever and wow.”

The awards saw James Adenrele, 27, from Milton Keynes, presented with the overall Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2015 prize. He wins £10,000, a holiday to the Bahamas and a £1,000 Specsavers eye care voucher.

Held at renowned London venue, 8 Northumberland Avenue (November 6), the awards night was hosted by actor and comedian Bradley Walsh and attended by countless spectacles-wearing stars including Brian McFadden of former Westlife, television and radio personality Vogue Williams, fashion icon Twiggy and actor Christopher Biggins.

Also at the event were Allo ‘Allo! star Vicki Michelle and Made in Chelsea’s Oliver Proudlock. The Only Way is Essex stars Joey Essex and Ferne McCann were there, along with their former co-star Lucy Mecklenburgh. Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding performed a DJ set to round off the evening.

An auction held on the evening was run by Mr Biggins and helped to bring the amount raised for Kidscape this year to £80,000. It brings the total raised by Specsavers for the charity over the last six years to £330,000.

Source: Optometry Today

Karen’s Hello! Magazine blog: Not going to lie – I love my food!

I’m not going to lie to you guys but I love a big ol’ bowl of food…

Some people think that dancers don’t eat because they need to keep a perfect body. Well you’re wrong….

As I am writing this blog I’m eating the largest dish of lasagne and I’m loving it.


Food is one of the most important things a dancer needs to keep in shape, have energy and actually be in a good mood. It can get very very very messy when I’m hungry. So if you encounter me when I haven’t eaten I do apologise in advance and please throw me a piece of bread or an oversized burger…


I burn so many calories throughout the day that I definitely need a big steak with potatoes and carrots on the side at the end of the day.

Aside from eating vegetables, chicken, fish, lean red meat (don’t worry this is not all in one serving), I dance about 10 hours every day and sometimes with no day off which really kills. I still manage to maintain a healthy diet but I do love cakes, chocolate spread, milk chocolate, cereal and sweets. Can’t deny your body of what it wants as long as it’s in moderation.

During rehearsals I bring my small stash of goodies to snack on… Almonds, chocolate, a mix of fruits, biscotti, gummy bears, water and orange juice are my pick for this week…

Here is one of my favourite quick, easy and healthy meals.

-Sautéed prawns
-Mix of your favourite veggies
-Salt, pepper
-I like to add a hint of balsamic vinegar with olive oil and a splash of lemon juice to give it extra flavour.


I always get a bit shy about my abs. I get some lovely compliments on them but there are plenty of people that have more super amazing enviable flat bellies out there. I always feel like I have a puppy’s belly especially after I eat a lot.

Kevin’s abs are quite the treat even though he looks a bit scary in the face. My baby always makes me laugh. Girls take note “Grimsby grows them well!!”


Core strength is key for me.

Here are some of my favourite core exercises that you can do while either watching Strictly or while listening to your favourite tunes. There’s no time limit on how long you hold them for. It can be 15 seconds to a full minute or more. You can always pace yourself. The key is to keep the correct alignment and keep your tummy tucked in. Stop if you start feeling any strain or pain.


As a dancer our bodies are the first thing people look at. Our posture and the cat-like way we transfer our weight around while walking pretty much gives us away. With this body I express all of my emotions, communicate when words are not enough and it keeps me in great shape.

Remember to be kind to yourself and keep a healthy mind, body and lifestyle.


Keep smiling,