Article: No celebrity partner for Grimsby’s Joanne Clifton in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing

Joanne Clifton

Grimsby’s Joanne Clifton will be trying her hand at presenting on Strictly Come Dancing’s sister show It Takes Two – which sadly means she will not be dancing with a celebrity this series.

It has been announced the 31-year-old Waltham dancer and sister of Kevin has been signed up as It Takes Two’s dance expert, where she will appear alongside Zoe Ball.

This means Joanne, who joined the cast and partnered Scott Mills last autumn, won’t be dancing with a celebrity this year.

She will, however, be taking part in group performances and will also perform in the Strictly Come Dancing Children in Need and Strictly Christmas specials.

Joanne said: “So bloomin’ excited about my new role on Strictly Come Dancing, can’t wait to join the It Takes Two team and work with Zoe and the gang who are all ace! This is a childhood dream come true, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”

She also took to Twitter this afternoon to share her excitement.

She said: “Guys! I’m a PRESENTER !!!! I’m so excited !!!! No celeb BUT exciting new role which I’ve always wanted to do!”

Source: Grimsby Telegraph

Article: Strictly newly-weds Kevin and Karen Clifton’s honeymoon in Hello magazine

The honeymoon of Kevin and Karen Clifton. Picture credit: Hello! Magazine.

GRIMSBY’S dancing duo Kevin and Karen Clifton have spoken of their exotic honeymoon in Mauritius.

The newlyweds headed to the luxury island in the Indian Ocean after tying the knot last month in central London.

In a four-page spread in the latest issue of Hello! magazine, the pair described their honeymoon as “like paradise”.

The article comes before this year’s hotly-anticipated Strictly Come Dancing series, in which Kevin and Karen will dance as husband and wife for the first time.

Speaking to the magazine about their break in Mauritius, Karen said: “It was like a paradise, just the two of us.

“Sometimes it was like we had the beach to ourselves.”

Karen added: “We just wanted to enjoy every second of being together in the sun and not moving.

“Some people said we should go into the main city and do touristy stuff, but we wanted to be lounging outside, taking in the view, drinking a cocktail…and just looking at Kevin – and my ring every five minutes, playing around with it, checking it was still there.”

The extensive article is accompanied by a range of professional honeymoon photos, with the pair gazing into each other’s eyes on the white sands of the exotic island.

The article, which is in the Hello! magazine currently on news stands now, touches on the upcoming series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Kevin said: “It has been a go-go-go kind of time for us.

“There’s always a massive buzz about the new series, everyone’s raring to go.

“We start seeing the reveal of the celebrities, along with everyone else, and begin rushing to the internet to see how tall they are and wondering if they could be a good match. It’s going to be a great year.”

So far, Peter Andre, Jeremy Vine and Jay McGuiness are among the names confirmed for the competition.

Yesterday, TV and radio presenter Anita Rani was confirmed as the latest star of the show.

Speaking about the ever increasing number of Cliftons in the show, Karen told Hello!: “With Joanne, too, we’ll be like the three musketeers.

“This year we both have the same last name, so I’m going to be like, ‘I’ll beat you, Kevin.’ It’s always fun competing.

“It’s fun to tease each other about it and it would be lovely for at least one of us to bring it (the glitterball trophy) home.”

Source: Grimsby Telegraph

Article: Karen and Kevin Clifton share their honeymoon album with HELLO!

Karen and Kevin Clifton are back in the studios rehearsing for the next series of Strictly Come Dancing, where sequins, spray tans and sensational costumes await them. But the newlyweds, who married in mid-July in a wedding exclusively covered by HELLO! magazine, have just returned from an equally starry world.


Kevin and Karen Clifton honeymooned in Mauritius

The professional dancers spent their dreamy honeymoon in Mauritius – their first proper holiday together and also the chance to relax before hitting the dancefloor and training up their celebrity partners.

“We just wanted to enjoy every second of being together in the sun and not moving,” said Karen, 33.

“Some people said we should go into the main city and do touristy stuff, but we wanted to be lounging outside, taking in the view, drinking a cocktail… and just looking at Kevin – and my ring every five minutes, playing around with it, checking it was still there.”


The Strictly Come Dancing dancers married in July

Waking up on the first morning of their honeymoon, the newlyweds could scarcely believe how breathtaking their surroundings were.

“Our suite was stupendous,” said Karen of the five-star The Residence Mauritius. “It was bigger than our house and overlooked the beach and pool. It had a beautiful tropical garden and palm trees. It felt like we were watching a movie from our terrace.”

“I felt like I’ve been married to Kevin since day one,” she added. “We’ve never left each other’s sides, but getting married is life changing. I feel more confident as a woman. Now I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I’m a wife.’ It’s exciting and very romantic. I feel like I’ve changed in a good way.”

Having returned to their home in London, the couple, who met on Burn the Floor, have their eyes set on winning Strictly. “Now the dream is just the glitterball itself,” said Kevin.

“At least if it comes home I can say it’s mine because everything that’s Kevin’s now also belongs to me,” laughed Karen.

Read the full interview in this week’s HELLO! magazine, available to download on Monday. Buy it on Ipadandroid, kindle fire and more formats. Or subscribe today to make sure you don’t miss an issue!

Source: Hello! Magazine

Article: Newlyweds Karen Hauer and Kevin Clifton are full of joy at Strictly rehearsals

The honeymoon is over and it’s time to get back to work for Karen Hauer and Kevin Clifton. The new Mr and Mrs have hit the dance studios to rehearse for the upcoming series of Strictly Come Dancing, which will return to TV next month.

Kevin and Karen, who married on Saturday 11 July in a wedding exclusively covered by HELLO! magazine, eagerly threw themselves into a new dance routine which, judging by their Twitter photos, looked to involve top hats.

The newlyweds were pictured dancing up a storm in their matching black sports gear, and were joined by other Strictly professional dancers.

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Karen and Kevin Clifton looked happy to be back in the dance studios

Karen retweeted a photo from Janette Manrara, who just got engaged to fellow dancer Aljaz Skorjanec earlier this month. Kevin meanwhile shared Aliona Vilani’s photo of the Strictly gang concentrating on their dance moves.

He also retweeted a close-up photo of Anton du Beke getting ready for rehearsals and striking a pose with his top hat. “@TheAntonDuBeke came in trackies today! He is ready for business on the dance floor! #StrictlyProRehearsals,” it was captioned.

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The next series of Strictly Come Dancing will return to TV in September

Karen, 33, and Kevin, 32, married in a ceremony held at One Great George Street in Westminster last month. The couple, who shared their exclusive wedding album with HELLO!, had several of their Strictly co-stars and celebrity contestants in attendance including Susanna Reid and The Saturdays’ singer Frankie Bridge.

Of his bride who wore a lace Inbal Dror wedding gown, Kevin said: “I’ve never seen anything more beautiful in my life. Karen looked absolutely stunning.”

Anton du Beke looked ready for business in his sports gear

The new Mrs Clifton added: “When I was getting ready, I said to my make-up artist, ‘Is it weird that I’m so calm?’ She said the best thing ever, ‘You’re so calm because you’ve made the right choice.’ And it made me think, ‘I have nothing to worry about because I’m going to marry the person I’ve been in love with since the day we met.'”

Source: Hello! Magazine

Article: Strictly Come Dancing 2015: The show begins as professionals including Kevin Clifton and Kristina Rihanoff gather for first rehearsal

The gang are back with some new additions – but as yet no celebrities have been announced

All the professionals posed together [BBC Strictly/Twitter]

All the professionals posed together [BBC Strictly/Twitter]

The official Strictly Twitter account wrote: “The gang are back together with new pro-dancers @otile_mabuse @Gleb_Savchenko and @pernicegiovann1.”

Fans of The X Factor rival show quickly tweeted their excitement.

One wrote: “Can’t Wait!”

Another added: “Wooohoooo!”

Karen Hauer posted this picture as they were the first to arrive [Karen Hauer/Twitter]

Karen Hauer posted this picture as they were the first to arrive [Karen Hauer/Twitter]

Karen Hauer, fresh from marrying fellow Strictly professional Kevin Clifton, also tweeted a picture, writing: “First ones to arrive for first day of @bbcstrictly rehearsals!”

Among the celebrities rumoured to be in this year’s show are Peter Andre and Louise Redknapp.

Peter Andre is rumoured for Strictly 2015 [ITV]

Peter Andre is rumoured for Strictly 2015 [ITV]

Richard Madeley, Michelle Heaton and Shane Richie are also  thought to be partaking.

We’re so excited!

Source: OK! Magazine