THE REMAINING professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing are still waiting to hear if they’ll be invited back, Joanne Clifton has indicated.
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…”.
Fans are keen to see her re-hired
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’:
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.”