Article: Who’s joining the Cliftons on Strictly Come Dancing this year?

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

Star Grimsby dance trio will be back in BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing this year

Grimsby’s Strictly stars will be returning to the dance floor for the next series of the hit BBC1 show.

Proud dad Keith Clifton couldn’t wait to share the news with Grimsby Telegraph readers, after discovering his children Kevin and Joanne Clifton – as well as Kevin’s fiance Karen Hauer – will be part of the professional dance team for Strictly Come Dancing.
He said: “I am absolutely over the moon. It’s wonderful.”

It will be Joanne’s second series but the third for Kevin and Karen, who are due to marry this summer.

See tomorrow’s Grimsby Telegraph for more.

Source: Grimsby Telegraph

Article: Win the chance to dance on stage with Strictly Come Dancing stars Kevin Clifton, Karen Hauer and Joanne Clifton

HOW would you like to dance with the stars?

You, yes YOU, can be a part of An Evening With Karen And Kevin From Grimsby on Saturday, May 23, by entering our competition.

To be in with a chance of dancing with Strictly Come Dancing professionals Kevin Clifton, Karen Hauer or Joanne Clifton, all you have to do is answer the question later on in this story.

As reported, Waltham dancer Kevin Clifton and his fiancee Karen put on the glittering three-hour bonanza at Grimsby Auditorium last year after Flash Mob, a show they were originally planned to star in, was cancelled at the last minute.

The show, which featured guest appearances from Kevin’s former dancing partner Susanna Reid and Strictly professional Aljaz Skorjanec, was such a success it will return to the Auditorium once again this summer.

Kevin, his sister Joanne and Karen will all be appearing along with a number of guests who are yet to be confirmed.

Speaking at the annual Clifton’s Dance Academy show on Friday night, Kevin said he was excited to bring the show back to his home town.

“It was just meant to be a one-off last year when we had to basically organise a whole show in two weeks,” he said. “It was so last minute.

“Since then we’ve been asked over and over again if it will be appearing this year, so we thought why not?

“We’re hoping to get some special guests involved but we’re waiting on confirmation.”

Each competition winner will also receive a ticket for the evening for a friend or partner.

To enter, simply answer the following question: Scott Mills, Joanne Clifton’s dance partner on the last series of Strictly Come Dancing, performed as which character from the Addams Family?

A: Gomez

B: Uncle Fester

C: Pugsley

Text GT followed by DANCE, your answer (either A, B or C) your name, house number and postcode to 65100. This text service will cost 50p plus your standard network SMS rate. The name you enter must be the person who is willing to dance in the competition and must be aware that they are entering.

Example: GT DANCE C Jenny Mason 32 DN32 7PP

Entrants must be aged 18 or over. If winners are unavailable, the organisers have the right to draw another winner. Winners must be prepared to dance on stage. The Grimsby Telegraph accepts no responsibility for the event being cancelled.

Terms and conditions: Standard Local World promotions rules apply see

To see An Evening With Karen And Kevin From Grimsby on Saturday, May 23, call the Grimsby Auditorium box office on 0844 8472426.

Source: Grimsby Telegraph

Article: Strictly Come Dancing stars announce Grimsby show

HUNDREDS of talented youngsters shared the stage with Grimsby dancing sensations Kevin and Joanne Clifton for a fun-filled children’s show.

Toy Box, an annual dance showcase aimed at children and families, was performed at Grimsby Auditorium on Friday.

Choreographed by Kevin’s parents Keith and Judy Clifton, of the renowned Clifton’s Dance Academy, Toy Box saw around 200 performers take to the stage.

And they were joined by Strictly Come Dancing stars Joanne and Kevin Clifton, as well as his fiancee Karen Hauer.

Kevin’s sister Joanne co-compered the show alongside her parents, while Kevin and Karen also made the journey up from London to perform a special routine.

Keith and Judy have been organisers for more than 20 years, and the performers are all members of the Clifton’s Dance Academy.

Rehearsals for the Toy Box show have been taking place for the past six months and have been held during classes across Grimsby, Stallingborough, Waltham, Immingham and Cleethorpes.

But Kevin, Joanne and Karen were undoubtedly the main attraction.

Kevin said: “It’s wicked to be back, it always is. I have really fond memories of this dance show. After all, I’ve been performing in it since I was a little kid.

“Dad asked if we could come back and get involved and fortunately the show coincided with our one spare day.”

Kevin also revealed he will be returning to the Auditorium on Saturday, May 23, for a repeat of An Evening With Karen And Kevin From Grimsby, which appeared for the first time last year.

“It was just meant to be a one-off last year when we had to basically organise a whole show in two weeks. It was so last minute.

“Since then we’ve been asked over and over again if it will be appearing this year, so we thought why not.

“We’re hoping to get some special guests involved but we’re waiting on confirmation.”

“We have been extremely busy,” Karen added. “We finished the Strictly tour not so long ago and since then we’ve just been doing our own gigs and shows.

“The tour itself was fantastic and is always such good fun. It was great to have all three of us involved as well, it was like one big family tour.

“The energy from the celebrities was fantastic and we could really feel the love.

“It’s always nice to see all the little kids perform and you never know, there could be a future Kevin or Joanne from Grimsby among them!”

Karen also added that she is still planning the couples’ wedding, which will take place this summer. Kevin’s sister Joanne, who appeared in Strictly for the first time last year, sang two songs for the packed audience.

“I don’t have a partner so I decided I would sing instead,” she said. “Usually I’m dancing with a crab but unfortunately I couldn’t find one to dance with tonight.”

She was referring to her infamous Under The Sea performance with Strictly partner Scott Mills.

“I’ve been dancing for 27 years now as well, so I thought I’d try something different.

“But I actually had singing lessons from a very young age in Grimsby but stopped when I moved to Italy. So it’s only right now I’m back here to start up singing again.”

Erin Slater, from the Unique Academy Of Dance, said it was amazing to perform alongside professional dancers who she looks up to.

“They really are an inspiration for us,” the 14-year-old said. “I want to be a dance teacher when I’m older but I would always love to go on something like Strictly.”

Gabrielle Winn, 16, added: “I’m really looking to performing. I always watch them on TV but I can’t pick a favourite out of them, they’re all great.”

Find out how you could join the trio on stage next month in tomorrow’s Grimsby Telegraph.

Source: Grimsby Telegraph

Article: Kevin Clifton’s Strictly Come Dancing partner Frankie Bridge shines in charity model shoot

The Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge, who partnered Grimsby’s very own Kevin Clifton on the last series of Strictly Come Dancing, has launched a new campaign for the Marie Curie charity.

The 26-year-old, who is soon set to welcome her second child with her footballer husband Wayne Bridge, has teamed up with both Superdrugs and beauty brand P&G to raise money to provide nursing care, without charge, to terminally ill people at home and in hospices.

The singer cemented her style star status with a flawless fashion and vibrant photo-shoot.

From Wednesday to May 5 at Superdrug stores nationwide and on, a donation will be given to Marie Curie each time you buy any P&G product including brands like Max Factor, Olay, Gillette and Oral B.

Meanwhile, during an interview with OK! Magazine, Frankie has revealed that her fellow Strictly pals, Caroline Flack, Pixie Lott and Alison Hammond decided to play an April fools prank on her.

“They were all saying they were going to come to the baby’s birth”, she said.

Although, the mother-of-one managed to call their bluff and simply told them: “Well, I’m all up for it if you’re going to bring Judy’s mum’s shortbread, because I love that!”

The pop princess, who is five months pregnant, also said she had been a little worried prior to her scan 20 week scan.

“Two days before the scan, I felt the baby move for the first time in ages,” she explained, before adding: “I was a bit paranoid that it hadn’t moved.”

“It’s made up for lost time as it went mental! It was like a burrowing feeling and it felt like it was sticking its bum out,” she added.

Source: Grimsby Telegraph